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3 costly personal loan mistakes and how to avoid them

There will come a time, at some point in your life, wherein you will face an emergency financial situation. In this situation, while there may be plenty of options available, the personal loan has always been a viable option for many.

While there are plenty of benefits to this loan, like any other loan, you will need to fulfil certain criteria. A failure to do so would not only result in a loan rejection but also the possibility of a debt trap. With a few simple precautionary steps, you can avoid making your emergency financial situation from becoming more drastic than it currently is. By being aware of the possibility of certain loan mistakes, you can learn to avoid them. Given below are some common mistakes to avoid:

Failure to check your credit report: When you borrow funds or repay a debt, it can affect your credit score. Therefore, if you have taken a previous loan, or paid off a previous credit card debt, it is crucial that your previous lender updates your credit repayment to the credit bureaus. As most lenders make it mandatory to check a lenders credit score before reviewing the loan application, such data can affect your loan application. Alternatively, any clerical errors on the credit bureau’s or lender’s part may also lead to wrong information being included in your credit report. This, in turn, can affect your loan application. To avoid such a situation, a quick glance at your credit report is a must. In this way, you can take the necessary steps to correct your report before beginning the application process.

Failure to review your repayment capacity: This is another mistake made by plenty of personal loan applicants. These individuals often believe that they can afford any loan amount, just because the loan application process is convenient. In this way, the end up over-stretching their finances by borrowing funds which are beyond their repayment capacity. Additionally, they also may end up underpaying, which can lead to increase debts and can even affect their credit score. This would lead to longer repayment tenures and higher interest payouts which in turn can affect your current financial situation. To avoid such a situation, you must take into account your daily living expenses, current debts, and investments for future financial goals.

Submitting multiple loan applications: When an individual makes a personal loan application, lenders often report it to the credit bureau. This, in turn, gets recorded in the enquiry section of your credit report. When approaching the next loan application of a different lender, the lender will review your credit report, including the enquiry section. Such a report may not work in your favour as you may pass off as a hungry credit borrower. Therefore, they will be cautious when approving your application, which may either lead to high rates or a possibility of rejection. To avoid this situation, you must carefully consider your loan application. Conduct a thorough research of all the lenders and their offering before you apply for a loan.

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