See where you stand financially
To assess your ability to get a loan, you should first where you stand financially. There are several factors to look at that can determine your chances of getting a loan and this is an important first step. Lenders reading your loan application will assess certain elements of your financial profile. Knowing where you stand in these metrics will allow you to determine your ease of getting a loan.
Credit history is one of the factors that lenders will look at it. A credit history is a report of how well you have managed your credit over the time you have possessed your accounts. It also examines your repayment history and any credit card debt you may have. It matters because a good credit history will illustrate to lenders that you are financially and fiscally responsible. This will also impact the amount of interest you will have to pay on your loan.
This is a measurement of your capacity to pay back a loan or make payments. This takes into account your income and expenses. The balance of your income and expenses is called the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. The lower the DTI ratio, the more likely lenders are to approve your loan request.
Collateral is something that you own. This can be a house or a car or anything that you own that is valuable. This helps lenders assess the risk of granting a loan. If you have collateral that they can seize in cases of non-payment, then it makes them more likely to grant your loan.
Essentially, capital is your saved up money and/or your investment portfolio. Banks and lenders will look at this when assessing your likelihood of getting a loan. This illustrates your ability to pay back a loan in the case of losing your job or main source of income.
Finally, market conditions matter. In a booming or growing market, lenders are more likely to give out easy loans, as there is more of a chance that you will be able to pay it back. In a more volatile market or a market in decline, however, lenders will be more hesitant to give loans, because it is riskier and less likely to be paid back.
These factors will determine if it is easy or not for you to get a loan. After applying, lenders and banks will look at your: credit history, capacity, collateral, capital, and conditions. These five C words will determine your likelihood of being granted a loan, and if so, for how much money and with what interest rate. If you are rated well in these categories it will be easier to get a loan than if you are not. There is no secret or easy trick to get a loan, but making sure that you assess your factors like the lender will, can make it significantly easier.