A myth pervades our society that individuals who have filed chapter 7 bankruptcy, chapter 13 bankruptcy, failed to stop foreclosure or developed bad credit from credit card debt will never again obtain a credit card, car loan or home mortgage. Perhaps this myth grew out of truths in prior decades about bad credit or perhaps it continues to exist through inaccurate threats made by unscrupulous credit collectors. The truth: even with the worst credit, even one day after bankruptcy, an individual with bad credit may still obtain a credit card, a car loan or a home mortgage loan.
People with bad credit must understand, however, that while the doors to the world of credit are not closed to them they will open to a different place compared to individuals with good credit. One's experience in the world of bad credit will vary based on the degree of their problems and during times of credit tightening offers for people with bad credit may be further reduced. Some issues effect all bad credit borrowers but vary in severity. Interest rates will be higher. While some may be surprised or offended by this the concept is understandable. A rate of interest is computed by taking into consideration the general rate of interest nationwide at the time the loan is made and the specific risk of the particular loan in question. Commonly the prevailing rate of interest in the US is expressed as the prime rate, which is the rate of interest a bank may charge its very, very best customers. Competition results in the prime rate at most banks being the same or within a half a point or less. The current prime rate can be found in any financial publication such as the Wall Street Journal or on the Internet. Other base rates which you may hear used include LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) or a specific treasury bill issued which basically represents a bond for specific term of years issued by the U.S. government. These other rates usually dictate mortgage rates while the prime controls most credit cards and car loans.
One borrower has a long and perfect credit record and the other brings a history of failure to pay bills and even bankruptcy. You clearly would be much more comfortable making the loan to the individual with perfect credit. To make a loan to the individual with bad credit you would want some sort of incentive to put your money at risk; that incentive comes in the form of higher interest rates. Certain high risk loans may not be available to those with severally damaged credit. Creditors at some point do draw a line at the risk they are willing to take and because usury laws restrict the amount of interest that can be legally charged. Loans in this group include unsecured personal loans and many credit cards.
Lenders may offset the risk by simply lending less money compared to the collateral. In the case of a mortgage or home loan that means requiring a larger down payment in order to make the loan in the first place. With car financing you might see less time offered to repay the loan. Combine shorter amortization periods with higher interest rates and you get some very large payments. In some cases number grow so large the difference between good credit terms and bad credit terms means the proposed loan becomes unaffordable for the bad credit borrower.
While this picture may be depressing keep in mind that a bankruptcy or negotiated settlement actually improves ones credit compared to ignoring debt. The combination of rebuilding your credit and time will eventually bring you back to the world of good credit. In the meantime, plentiful credit and loan options remain available to those with bad credit in the areas of home mortgages, auto loans and credit cards. Armed with the knowledge of how these loans work they can serve you well until you restore your good credit. You should think about learning more about how a credit score works and exactly what your credit score is because once you understand what is bad credit you may discover your credit is really not too bad at all.
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