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Loans With Bad Credit

by Richard Conrad • 2020-03-21

Many people think that if you have bad credit you cannot get bad credit loans but this is not always true. You can get a loan with bad credit but it just may be a little harder to do so. There are certain steps that you need to follow in order to get that personal loan with less than perfect credit.

Review your credit score

The first thing that you will need to do is look at your credit report. Review what is on it and see if there are any errors because this can happen. Next, you need to look at your score. To most lenders, any credit score under 600 is considered a bad credit score. Your credit score will impact the conditions, terms, and interest rates. It will also help to determine the amount of the loan and if you will need a co signer or not.

Try to improve your credit score before applying for a personal loan

Some of the best ways in which to do this are to review your credit report for errors, pay down debts, dispute any errors you happen to see, limit how many hard credit inquiries you have on your credit history. A hard credit inquiry is when they are asking for your full credit report, which results in points taken from your credit score. For example, you are applying for credit to purchase furniture. If you are planning to apply for a personal loan it is advisable that you do not apply for credit other places so you do not lower your credit score.

Have a talk with your credit union or bank

Once you have looked at your credit report and score, find out from your credit union or bank what their minimum credit score requirements are. It is generally easier to get a personal loan with a credit union because they have a more flexible lending standard than a bank. If you have been with a bank for several years you could talk to them to see how you would go about getting a personal loan and see if you would qualify for one.

Proving you can pay back the loan

All lenders want the assurance that you can repay the amount that they gave you in full plus interest accrued. How much they will lend you will depend on your ability to pay it back. One way to do this is to have a co signer, which is a person who will guarantee that the loan will be paid back by them if you fail to do so. The co signer should have a good credit history and score along with proof of income to be a co signer on bad credit loans.

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