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Getting a loan can be a difficult process to understand, if you aren’t sure what banks and lenders are looking at.  Before you try to get a loan, make sure you are aware of a few things, so you are not caught off guard when you go to apply for funding. Although applying for a loan can feel as difficult as trying to install a car seat for the first time, it should really be viewed as a series of questions that need to be answered, in order to give the loan office a better understanding of who you are, and your ability to repay.

Income Is One Of The Most Important Questions

Your income is one of the questions that will be asked when you fill out a form. You will be asked how long you have spent at your job, the amount of money you make (either per hour or for the total year), and how much you get paid. If you are self-employed, you will be expected to file tax returns, and provide that information when you come in to apply for a loan. Although this may seem invasive, it can go a long way in helping the company who is lending to you understand more about your abilities to repay.

What the Loan Is For

Everyone needs a loan for different reasons. From car loans, to a mortgage to get your house, and even personal loans to help you make a small purchase, there are many different instances where individuals would need a loan. Be ready to specify what type of loan you are applying for, and what exactly it is needed for. Although many lending institutions are happy to help, they will want a clear picture before they offer you any money for your loan.

How Long You Are Willing To Repay It Back

This may vary based on the loan offered, and what it is for. Although the bank or lender may set the rates of how much you will pay back, it is helpful to know that the sooner you pay it back, the better off you will be. Paying items off with interest can leave you paying more in the long run, than if you had paid everything off right away. Keep in mind that anytime you take out a loan, you should make it your goal to pay if off as quickly as possible.

Getting a loan for the first time (or anytime) can be a scary process. If you know what to expect and what you will need to do, that is half the battle. Make a point to find out what questions are asked for you particular type of loan, and go in armed knowing you will need to provide information on your income and what the loan is for. Although how much you pay every month is not entirely in your hands, try to pay everything back as soon as you can to make life easier in the long run.

When you have bad credit, securing a loan for any purpose is a challenge. The more inquiries you have into your credit report, the harder it will be to obtain the loan. It is ideal to try and clear up a few small accounts on your credit report before applying for a loan to aid your chances of approval. There are a few other options discussed below to help you get the funds you need quickly.

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When experiencing financial distress, it is often more important to get a loan quickly then to get money at all. Financial problems should always be handled with great care and time, but sometimes we can’t help but be in a rush. You should try to seek personally tailored help from a credit counselor, but in the meantime, we have listed a few options for you to consider that are solving people’s financial problems quickly:

Financial institutions give small sum loans – There are a rising number of commercial and private banking institutions that are offering lower priced alternatives to the more typical pricy payday loan and can be just as fast to get. It is important that you shop around first and find the best deal because there is range between 5 percent and 25 percent. While five percent is very affordable, 25 percent can be incredibly steep for some, but this will depend on your financial outlook and personal needs. Keep in mind that these cheaper rates can help boost your credit score.

Employers can give you an advance of cash – Many shy away from this option because it involves a potentially uncomfortable conversation with your boss. However, the benefits usually outweigh this cost. If you are confident in the relationship you hold with your company, then asking should not pose problems. It should be kept in mind that this method is particularly best for one-time emergency situations when money is needed quickly and should not be repeated.  If you meet with your boss and politely tell them what is going on, there is a good chance they will be positive about it.

Payday loans – Although payday loans may be on the expensive guarantee the convenience of quick cash side, they do. Ads for payday loans are seen a lot in the media and have given many people a bad impression. However, well-priced and safe payday loans do exist out there. In order to acquire a payday loan, a borrower must issue a check to the payday company equal to the amount that they wish to borrow. The issuer then gives the borrower the amount that the check is worth minus a fee. On the date of the next payday, the full amount of the loan is then due from the borrower. Be careful in determining the amount needed in the loan, as this is often what distinguishes good experiences from bad ones.  If you carefully choose the amount based on income then you should have a successful payday loan experience.

Military and other special interest benefits – Exploring the possibilities of receiving loans tailored for those who served in the Military or Coast Guard is well worth it. If a family member has served, you might even be able to benefit when you yourself did not serve. Societies such as Air Force Aid, Marine Corp Relief, Emergency Military Relief, provide loans at a relatively low rate of interest to the family members of those that have served. These loans are usually given out to people that use it for necessities such as food, health insurance and housing costs and can be organized very quickly because of the pre-filing they have on the veteran.

 

Removing the Stress of Debt

Corey —  September 25, 2015

Debt is stressful; no one enjoys creditors constantly putting pressure on to pay an outstanding debt. If you have been in this situation or still are then you will all too easily be able to relate to the scenario. The problem is that people under stress sometimes become desperate. They certainly sometimes make decisions out of desperation that they would not make if they were not under pressure and made those decisions with a clear head in the cold light of day. That said, debt will not simply go away; it cannot be ignored. However there is usually more than one solution to a problem. The secret is to select the right one.

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Loans (from anyone) are always difficult to secure when you have a bad credit rating. You may think your only option is to carry on without a loan, but this is not the case. There are still options available to you, and we are going to show you a few of them.

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Look Elsewhere before you Borrow

Corey —  March 20, 2015

Life’s little emergencies can often set a family or business behind the eight ball with seemingly no options but bankruptcy or high interest short term loans. Yet there are lots of different options depending on the need of the emergency. The first and foremost thing you need to do is stop any borrowing transaction and look at alternatives first. Short term loans look great until you have to pay back 200% of what you borrowed, doubling the cost of your emergency.

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What Are Your Financial Priorities?

Corey —  September 17, 2012

Everyone has some sort of financial priority in their life.  Setting priorities can be very good for a person or a family. If you know what you are striving for, then you most likely will try a little harder and put more effort towards it.

Without priorities, then everything would be all over the place. How would a person even know where to start, where to end, when things are going run, etc.? How will individuals know when to celebrate completing a goal as well?

Maybe you want to eliminate all of your debt, give a higher percentage of your income to charity, go to school, pay off your house, retire early or just have financial freedom. Each person is different in how they value different things in their life, and their different financial priorities. One thing to keep in mind that even if financial priorities are similar, you shouldn’t always compare yourself to others. Different people complete their goals differently of course.

How to set financial priorities for yourself:

1. Decide what you value the most.

Make a list of what’s important to you. You probably have a very long list of things that you want to accomplish. What honestly cannot wait another second? Try to determine what should be done first and what can wait a little while.  You can sort through the rest of the financial things you need to do as well, and maybe you can contribute to the rest equally but put most of your might to your top priorities.

Think about your future and think about where you want to be and what you want to have done. This is the first step!

2. Let people join you.

If there are others, such as family and friends, who might have similar priorities as you, then let them join you. You and them can most likely push each other to achieve your similar goals. Talking about things out loud can also be helpful.

Also, sit down with your family to make sure that everyone is on the same page. If everyone agrees on the financial priority, it will make it much easier, and of course, much less arguments.

3. Make sure your goal or goals are possible and realistic.

Creating a goal of paying off all your debt in one year when you know it’s absolutely not possible, then it’s probably not a SMART goal. A smart goal is specific, measurable, achievable, rewarding and track-able.

If your goal is not possible, then you are most likely spending way too much time (and wasting time) on something that will not work out in the end. And then you are also sidetracking other goals that you should be working on as well.

Instead of trying to pay off your debt right away, plan to make more money this year to begin repaying it. This goal could involve upgrading your education so that you can start applying for more lucrative positions or completely change your career.

For example, if you currently work in the nonprofit sector and would like to advance within the industry, earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring could be exactly what you need. Once you have this additional education, it will become much easier to reach your other financial goals because you can command a much higher salary.

4. Keep track and always adjust.

You should constantly be keeping track of your goals. Try to set maybe a certain time for when you will track how you are doing. Maybe daily (if you want to be very on track), weekly, monthly or some other amount of time.

This way, if something does happen to be OFF track, then you can try to adjust it. It’s of course much better than waiting to see how you’re doing a year later and figuring out that you are way off track what you wanted to be.

5. Be prepared for things that will throw you off track.

In the end, something will most likely come up. If something sidetracks your goal or priority for a little bit, don’t let it ruin everything. Realize that things will come up and not everything can be scheduled perfectly.

What are your priorities?

What’s on the back-burner for you now?