Consumer Finance News

The web is now stock full of millions of pages relating to finance. Compare the market type websites, real time ticker type, blogs, stock tipping sites, auto insurance and all the other subcategories relating to consumer finance and I have not even mentioned the four letter word Bank!

If you did not think that was enough television, newspapers, specialist journals crank out more every day. Sometimes, I feel people have become in one sense isolated, in another overwhelmed and others excluded. In middle income families I think is there is a myth that they do not earn sufficient money to visit a professional to gain insight into how to best manage and gain with their money. Blissfully unaware of what is available to them they can fall prey to unscrupulous people who have the latest investment fund, plan or how to get rich quick schemes. Or simply allow their money to remain in a Bank gaining secure yet poor returns in many cases, which are eventually eroded by inflation.

Now here is a thought, there are numerous financial calculators (some sponsored) mostly free that can actually assist middle income families. In short I am saying you do not have to be a millionaire to help yourself to free advice that is available from the web. Sound and useful information can be found, it is not now the preserve rich. Armed with these calculations, for example a debt management programme or for a family budget scheme, planning for your future is very real and possible.

Did you know that most people in the U.S. spend more time planning their annual vacation than they do planning for their finances. Considering that retirement is your longest holiday, many only contemplate the retirement fund until their late 30s. Whilst it may seem quite perverse to say start as early as you can it would stand you in good stead. Why? it could either allow you to retire early or simply retire in comfort. Many Americans now seek work after retirement to supplement their funds, not because they have elected to do so, no, it is out of necessity.

Having done your research, armed with information it is impossible to be over sold regulated investment plans, life insurance or high priced credit (should you need it) and instead of feeling, Well finance is for the super rich, no, the web has opened up opportunities for all to have financial stability.

Construction Finance and the Problem With Banks

High street banks are often the benchmark for clients looking to borrow money. This is true of personal mortgages, loans and no less so for funding building projects. Most would agree that they provide the cheapest rates and all builders and developers are looking for the cheapest construction finance.

The problem is that for most clients the high street are simply not an option at the moment, and from news I have had, nor will they be for the foreseeable future. I have dealt with clients who should be able to obtain bank funding, having clean credit, a good track record and years of experience in the sector. They are still being declined for various reasons, such as the loan amount is too low, the type of build is not what the bank wants, they have other loans that would need to be repaid first – the list goes on.

However, just because your current bank will not give you construction finance does not mean that there are no options available to you. It does mean though that you should not judge quotes we, or others give you, on the basis that the rate of interest or fees might be more than you are used to or were expecting.

Off high street lenders are NEVER going to offer building finance as cheap as the big banks. They are specialists filling a gap in the market, and to be frank, they know that your options are limited. Lenders such as this are mostly funded by investors who want to see a return on their money and the lender themselves need to charge a margin to stay in business. The market has set the rates that others are prepared to pay and so you have a stark choice – pay the higher rates or do not borrow the money. For those that are cash rich there is no issue but for the majority that want to leverage their capital it is the difference between building or not building.

Of course, paying more for the construction finance means less profit for you, the developer, but it does mean you are making more profit than not doing any work at all. If you cannot get a project funded at a high street rate then the rates you have in mind or might want to pay are not applicable for comparison. A bank may have given you funds at 1.5% above base in the past but that is irrelevant now. The past is not today.

The fact that building finance is available is good news but now is as crucial a time as ever to use a broker with experience and knowledge of the market. Making the wrong choice could cost you thousands in unnecessary fees and interest.

Going through the internet looking for lenders directly is possible, of course. But how long will that take you? Hours or days? How do you know they will be the best fit for your project? Will they give you all the information you need day 1?

Working with an experienced broker can make the process much easier as they will have a real understanding of how each lender works, the process they go through and what costs you can expect, before you get too far into an application.

So, construction finance is out there but for your own sanity don’t automatically compare it to what you are used to and what you think should be available.

Bad Credit Used Car Finance – Preparation is the Key

Bad credit is summed up as negative reports on an individual’s credit history and finding yourself with bad credit can lead to purchasing and financing problems in your future. If you are in need of a car and have bad credit it is important that you know what to do in order to secure the financing that you need to purchase a vehicle. High risk borrowers are in the worst lending situations and will need to raise their credit scores before they can expect to find any decent loans or lenders who will extend credit.

If you have bad credit and plan on purchasing a used car in the near future there are several things you must consider concerning your credit history before you apply. There are several tactics used by lenders to get you to sign and with limited options, those with bad credit are willing to sign whenever credit is extended. In order to protect yourself and guarantee that you will not default on the loan it is essential that you collect quotes from several lenders.

In order to guarantee you get the best loan and interest rate you need to shop wisely and clean up your credit history. The percentage rate of the car you are purchasing is determined by several things, and the age and price of the car you want to buy is factored into the equation. The other factor that lenders will look at and will have the biggest bearing on your interest rate is your credit history, the worse your credit score is the higher your interest rate will be.

To prepare for any credit decisions, it is important that you have all financial documentation for the last several years available to creditors. This helps them make the best decision for you and your financing options. Gathering this information will also give you the opportunity to improve your credit history when you determine what past debts you can afford to pay off.

Give your credit report a thorough going over to determine that all the information is correct and that none of the reports are incorrect. There is always the chance that you have been the victim of identity theft and just have not caught it yet. Next, go through those items that do appear on your credit report and determine if you can afford to pay off any of them at the moment. It is also important that you make timely payments on all of your bills for at least six months leading up to the time you want to pull out a car loan. Showing that you are really trying to improve your credit and make good on all of your bills will encourage lenders to give you a loan with more favourable terms.

Don’t be to rash in choosing a lender and decide to sign with the first one to make an offer. Instead, gather up all the quotes that you possibly can and look over them. It is even a good idea to ask a lender that you prefer term wise if he can meet or beat the quote that another lending company has offered you. With work and time, it is possible to still buy the car that you want, even if you do have a bad credit history behind your name.