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How to Find the Perfect Lender

If you are looking to borrow money, there are many things you should consider before making a decision on your loan. It is important to identify your needs, who you should use for a lender, and what terms you are looking to take on in a loan. Even though all aspects of your loan are important and not one is more important than the other, finding a lender is a critical and key element. The relationship between the lender and borrower needs to be a trustworthy one. You sign a contract for (typically) a large sum of money under their terms so it needs to be a right fit. Below we have highlighted some items you can look into when researching a lender. 

Knowledge

Not only is it important that your lender is knowledgeable, it is important that you know what you are talking about when it comes to your loan. Yes, a lender either online or in person can teach you a few things and explain your options, but walking into it you need to know your stuff. The more you know about loans the more of an advantage you have. By knowing alot about what you are shopping around for, then you can make informed decisions. Know the fundamentals and know what is common for interest rates and loan terms to make sure you are getting the best deal. By knowing more you can make the best decision. It will allow you to steer clear of additional and hidden fees as well. Knowledge is power.

Budget

With any loan, you typically are allowed to borrow money in exchange for a monthly payment which includes payment towards the principal plus interest. Because you have to make a monthly payment it is important that you do your homework and know what sort of payment you can afford. Obviously you need to apply and qualify for the loan, you need to know what realistically is a reasonable payment for you and your family. Credit score, debt amount and down payment amounts are all to be considered and planned for. You may be able to find no credit check loans but that information is typically considered when applying. 

Credentials

Knowing that every lender is different, you need to do your due diligence to compare them so you know what you are getting into. Make sure when shopping around you realize that not all lenders are the same and need to be questioned. All of them can’t be trusted so you need to make sure that they are a trustworthy, licensed and registered business. Be sure to ask for credentials and know that they are a legitimate business. A good first step would be to ask family and friends for references so you know what you are getting into. You can also look up reviews online and see if there are any complaints or issues that may concern you. One good thing is that most banks are set on a higher standard of regulatory supervision so the “bad guys” should not be able to operate in theory. Unfortunately, with many lenders being available online some of the bad guys can slip through the cracks. The good news is that you should be able to avoid this if you do your homework. It is just your responsibility to do your due diligence before pulling the trigger on a loan.

Documentation

The process of applying and obtaining a loan has the potential of being quite complex. Each lender is different and has different requirements when it comes to documentation. You may be required to provide things such as pay stubs, tax returns, financial statements, proof of monthly bill payments such as housing or rent, credit cards and student loans, and anything that may prove your credibility. Depending on your credit score or your business stance you may have more or less requirements for a loan. Be sure to look into this and know what you will need to provide to make the process go smoothly. 

The most important thing to do is ask questions and do your homework. Loans are such a useful tool but it is imperative you find the proper lender under the terms that work for you. 

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