Financing After Bankruptcy

By: Christina Costa

Bankruptcy can be the worst item to have on your credit report. No matter what the circumstance that led you to file, it doesn't make a difference. It shows lenders that you were unable to pay off your debt. This will stay there for ten years and it will take some time for you to get back to having a good credit score. It will take some work, but it is possible.

You can still get financed with bad credit or a bankruptcy, from certain lenders. There are specialized loans available for people who have bad credit and it is possible to qualify. When looking to get financed after bankruptcy, keep in mind that you will have a high interest rate upon approval. Bankruptcy is viewed as a risk by lenders, so the higher interest rate is a reflection upon your credit score and past credit history.

Obviously a bankruptcy will have lowered your credit score, but lenders will also want to take a look at your credit history. The chances of you getting financed after bankruptcy will depend on your history before it was discharged. The fewer delinquencies you have, that will work in your favor. One mistake people make after bankruptcy is to avoid credit altogether.

The problem with that is most likely in the future you will apply for a loan. It won't look good to lenders if you have a few years of not using credit since filing for bankruptcy, and nothing to show for your current financial status.

Lenders will take a look at your monthly income and you should definitely have enough to cover the monthly loan payment. Typically, if you were applying for a loan if your income was close to the approval amount, you might still get approved. Yet after a bankruptcy there is little room for leniency. You now will face more requirements and restrictions, from the bankruptcy.

All is not lost. Just remember that you can still get approved after bankruptcy. If you can meet a lender's requirements, then you will get financed. This will help you to raise your credit score and start to build up good credit.

One option is through a home equity loan. If you feel that there is enough equity in your home, then this is a great idea. Since this type of loan has collateral, your chances of getting approved after bankruptcy are even higher.

The hardest part is over; you have already filed for bankruptcy. You might think that getting another loan will put you back into the same negative situation. Just be smart about your finances. Make a monthly budget, cut out extra expenses and stay focused on repairing your credit.

Start now by building good credit and raising your credit score. Gradually apply for small loans and make at least the minimum monthly payments on time. This will help you with your credit score. This is a process, but it can be done. Take the time to research different types of loans and what is best for you.

Eventually, you will find that it will be a lot easier to get financed. When that happens you will finally have gotten away from having bad credit and the bankruptcy will be long behind you.

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