4 tips to get your personal loan approved

Written by Posted On Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:10

Thinking of applying for a personal loan? You may need additional funds to renovate your house or make a big-ticket purchase.

Although the eligibility criteria and documentation is minimal, applications can still be rejected for a number of reasons. Here are four tips that will help improve your chances of approval:

Keep a close check on your credit score

Your credit score is a major factor in determining the fate of your application as it showcases your credit repayment history. A low score indicates that you may not be in a position to take on new debt and could result in higher interest rates or even lead to rejection.

It is important to check your credit score before applying for a personal loan so you can identify any errors and have them rectified. If you have a poor credit history, work towards making your current payments on time and clearing existing debt to improve your score.

Maintain stable employment history

Before lending you money, financial institutions need to trust that you have a steady source of income to repay the loan amount. As such, a stable employment record with regular paychecks is one of the key considerations.

If you’re concerned about your employment history, check the income and eligibility criteria to know where you stand and what can be done to fill the gaps, if any.

Choose the right loan amount

It is important to choose the right amount when applying for a loan. Banks will typically allow you to borrow between 2-6 times your monthly income. However, this amount can also be affected by other factors such as your credit score and existing loans.

In general, lenders will be more cautious as the loan amount increases. Being reasonable with the amount will improve your chances of approval and also help ensure that you are borrowing within your means.

Avoid sending in multiple applications

Although it is often said, “it never hurts to try”, trying your luck with multiple applications could end up harming you. This is because every application is reflected in your credit report and making too many unsuccessful enquiries can even lower your credit score.

Instead of making multiple applications and hoping for the best, compare the various personal loans available and apply with the institution that is most suitable for your needs.

Financial institutions look into a combination of factors when assessing loan applications. A red flag in any of the areas above could affect the chances of approval. Keep these tips in mind to have a smooth application process and reduce the risk of rejection.

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