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"Unsecured Guarantor Loan" Explained

Author : Rubel Zaman

Lenders take considerable risks when they make unsecured loans. Finding guarantors for those loans mitigates lenders' risks. By reducing your lender's risk by finding a guarantor for your unsecured loan, you may negotiate for more money or better interest rates than you may otherwise have been able to achieve.

The term "Unsecured guarantor loan" is almost an oxymoron. Even if you do not offer a house or other major property as collateral on your loan, your guarantor nevertheless is putting some asset as surety as they guarantee your loan. Your guarantor signs a separate agreement with your lender, absolutely assuring they will repay your debt if you default.

This can be a positive option if you have concerns about your credit history or are not a home owner. You may be living out of the country, with friends, relatives or your parents so your address or rental history may be unclear.

Provided all repayments are made and on time, there is no risk for your guarantor, however it is important to note that if you do fail to make your repayments your guarantor will become responsible for ensuring that the terms of your loan are met.

Therefore, your guarantor will need a good credit and address history. Ultimately, whether or not the lenders and their contracts use the term, your guarantor "secures" your loan.

Terms and conditions of an unsecured guarantor loan

The deal is fairly simple: You ultimately are obligated to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, but your lender is primarily interested in your ability to make the monthly payments. Deciding whether or not to approve your unsecured loan, the lender will consider your income-to-debt ratio, making sure you fit well within the usual parameters for monthly expenses. Your net worth will influence but really will not determine your qualification.

By contrast, your lender very carefully will assess your guarantor's assets and net worth, determining whether or not they could deliver the full amount of the loan if you default. Of course, guaranteeing your loan affects your guarantor's credit, adding to their debt, and in most cases securing the loan against a property other collateral.

Could you have an "unsecured guarantor"?

In its strictest, most technical construction, "secured" may refer strictly to property or other capital assets-a business's inventory, a mechanic's tools, a manufacturer's machinery, or a technology company's computers and servers. In theory, then, you could have an "unsecured guarantor," if the person serving as third party to the loan agreement offers readily convertible assets as proof of security. Your guarantor may pledge stocks, bonds, annuities, life insurance with cash value, a trust fund, or certificates of deposit as security on your loan.

As with all guarantor contracts, yours should undergo rigorous review by your own solicitor or qualified financial advisor; especially if financial instruments guarantee your loan, you must have more-than-reasonable assurance the lender has drawn-up the contracts properly and with attention to everyone's long-term financial security. More importantly, if your guarantor has put-up cash and securities to assure repayment of your loan, they should know that they eventually can apply for release from their obligations as a guarantor. When you establish your own credit rating with your lender, and when you have paid substantial interest and the majority, your guarantor probably should exercise their option to terminate the agreement.

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