Contrary to popular opinion, most people do not take declaring bankruptcy lightly. On the contrary, most individuals or couples who end up declaring bankruptcy only do so after months or years of valiantly struggling to get out from under their debt load. In the end, they come to realize that the very best way forward is to essentially get a “do-over” and start things again.
There is no magic formula for knowing when to declare bankruptcy, but a good rule of thumb is to start seriously considering the possibility of doing so when your total unsecured debt (e.g., credit card debt) surpasses an amount equal to your annual income.
However, regardless of when or why you chose to go through this serious – but sometimes necessary – financial step, it does not change the fact that you still may be in need of money. Sometimes, a personal (unsecured) loan may be the best way to get that money.
If you are trying to get on with your life after bankruptcy, personal loan and unsecured loan options await you. Here are 5 tips for getting qualified:
1. Declaring bankruptcy hits your credit score the hardest:
Possibly the worst thing about going through bankruptcy is that your credit score immediately plummets to all-time lows once you do. This can be very hard on your chances of qualifying for a personal loan.
2. A personal loan (or unsecured loan) may be your best option to get access to cash:
Still, if you have few assets and your home (if you own a home) has little equity in it, the best option you may have for getting access to cash is to apply for a personal loan. Also called an unsecured loan, a personal loan requires no collateral to be put up by the borrower at loan signing. The only downside is that your interest rate will be much higher than what you would pay on a secured loan.
3. You are actually more creditworthy now than before your bankruptcy:
As astonishing as it may seem, you are now actually a more creditworthy person than you were before. And, if you think about it, that makes sense: after all, since your unsecured debts like credit card debt have been discharged, you are now in a much better position than you were before to pay down any new loans. Some creditors will recognize that fact and give you a loan, despite you new, much-lower credit score.
4. Pull your credit report now and review it line-by-line:
Before applying for a loan, be sure to request a copy of your credit report and go over it carefully. Be ready to comment to the lender about any positive or negative items on the report.
5. Get access to personal loan lenders and apply to 5 of them:
Now, research online for at least 5 “bad credit personal loan” lenders. Be sure to apply to at least 3-5 of these lenders. It is always a good idea to increase your chances for approval by applying to many different unsecured loan lenders.
Consider these 5 tips as you gain access to personal loan lenders after bankruptcy.