5 Things You Should Know About Getting Your First Loan

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People borrow money every day for a variety of reasons. If you're looking to take out your first loan, there are some things you need to know before moving forward with your loan. Don't stop reading now if you're considering borrowing money. You're going to want to read everything we've got to say below about leveraging lenders and loans. 

1. Check Your Credit History 

One of the first things you need to consider before taking out a loan is your credit history. Your credit history will prove to positive lenders that you're responsible, and they can trust you when lending money. Your credit history will show if you've got any red flags like previous loans that you made late payments on or didn't pay at all. Having positive credit history can help you understand the terms for your loan that are more beneficial to you. 

2. Consider Monthly Payments 

Sometimes when people apply for loans, they get excited at the amount that they're approved for. Firstly, don't accept more money than you need, and secondly, you need to consider the amount you'll pay in monthly payments back to your lender. You don't want to accept a loan that has payments that are higher than you can afford each pay cycle. 

3. Know Your Employer Information 

Depending on where you're applying for your loan, you might be asked about your previous employment history. For this reason, you need to ensure that you've got the correct phone numbers and emails for the lender to contact your previous employers. It also helps if you give them a heads up that the lender might contact them to verify the dates you were employed with them and your current income. 

4. Know Your Options 

A loan might seem like the best option you have, but there is one way to come to your final decision. Pause for a moment and think about the reasons that you need the loan in the first place. From there, you can decide if other options can help you fund your project or if a loan is the only way to go. If getting a loan is the only option, you have to research all the loan options at your fingertips. 

5. Credit Score Inquiries 

We discussed ensuring that you've got a healthy credit score history, but you also need to think about how applying for a loan will affect your history. Most lenders perform a hard inquiry into your credit history. If you're worried about the damage that can be done to your credit score, work with lenders that only do soft pulls instead of hard inquiries. 

Applying For Your First Loan 

Applying for your first loan can be overwhelming if you don't do your research ahead of time. Find out what loan options you have before you begin applying, and ensure that your credit history is in a healthy status to get the best terms possible. 

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