Credit May Be Loosening Up, and Consumer Loans May Be Out There

There is no doubt that the credit supply still is tight, especially in mortgages, despite prodding by government officials to increase lending. So even if you are one of those peoople who may have less than stellar credit, you may be able to get some of the thing you want… Subprime borrowers got just 9%, or $44 billion, of all consumer loans in the fourth quarter, the latest period for which figures are available, according to Experian PLC and Oliver Wyman. That is down from 18% in 2007′s second quarter.

But some lenders are starting to take more chances on consumer loans. Many financial institutions that survived the credit crisis and resulting recession are desperate for earnings growth, but loans to businesses amount to less than 20% of all outstanding loans, said Frederick Cannon, co-director of research at investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. Again, that being said, it still means that there are people that will not qualify for loans because of different circumstances.

So Can I get A Loan if I Have Bad Credit?

Depends….

Another strong lure: Fewer borrowers are falling behind on payments. Excluding mortgages, about 5.5% of consumer loans were at least 30 days past due at the end of the second quarter, down from the year-earlier 6%, according to Equifax Inc. and Moody’s Analytics.

Some lenders said they are willing to stretch because borrowers who take on credit in the early stages of an economic recovery often are less risky and thus more profitable than those who borrow later. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist Williams Emmons said some credit loosening is normal given the U.S. economy’s growth since the end of the recession.

Financial institutions also claim they are getting smarter about who deserves a loan.

If you are working on cleaning up your debt, and getting a better credit score… and years have passed since you have had your situation, then you may be in a position to qualify for a loan even if you have bad credit.

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