Consequences of Personal Bankruptcy When Applying for Loans

By: Devora Witts

Corporate bankruptcies are a lot different than personal bankruptcies. Though some of the consequences bankruptcy implies can be eased, if you have to go through a bankruptcy process you will have to make many sacrifices. Nevertheless, it is possible to get finance after bankruptcy; you just need to know how.

If you are on your own without the aid of an experienced lawyer chances are that by going through a bankruptcy process you lost most of your assets. When going through bankruptcy you are only entitled to keep certain properties: A single vehicle up to a certain value, necessary clothing, tools you strictly need for your job, small personal belongings up to a certain value, insurance up to a certain value too, the property where you live, part of your earned (yet unpaid) wages, social benefits, necessary house appliances and other home equipment, etc.

Any other belongings like other houses or other vehicles will be used to repay the creditors and you will typically loose them. Moreover, not all debts are dischargeable so you will end up with some outstanding obligations you will need to meet on a monthly basis, thus limiting your income.

How Personal Bankruptcy Affects Loan Applications

Loan approval or denial is generally a decision based on credit score which is determined by your credit history. It is not an exaggeration to say that a bankruptcy ruins your credit history, but it does not ruin it beyond recovery. The main problem is that it does not only leave a negative stain on your credit report but it also reduced your assets that could guarantee a loan and your income which is another guarantee for lenders.

That being said, truth is that a bankruptcy on your credit report will scare lenders away unless you can show that after two years since the bankruptcy has been dismissed, you have been able to build an impeccable credit history without stains at all. There are also other things you can do to boost your possibilities of getting approved.

How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting Approved

Make sure your credit report is clean of stains on your recent credit history, check that there is not negative information that should not be there like missed payments or late payments that you have canceled on time. If there are, contact the credit agencies with documentation backing up your claim and demand them to remove that information.

If your recent credit history is bad, you will need to wait in order to successfully apply and get approved. Make sure you pay all your bills in time for at least six months and if you can get a credit card to start rebuilding your credit do so but make sure you never miss a payment and pay your balance in full each time.

When applying for a bankruptcy loan, if you can provide collateral, your chances of getting approved will increase considerably. Your home or your car can both be used as security for a secured bankruptcy loan. This will greatly reduce the risk implied for the lender and may convince him to approve your loan. If you can also provide a co-signer with a better credit score than yours, this will also boost your chances and contribute significantly to your bankruptcy loan approval.

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