Monthly Archives: September 2017

Getting Yourself a Finance Loan

A lender can give finance loans in the UK as either secured or unsecured for smaller items that you wish to purchase, rather than a home purchase for instance. The current credit crunch experienced by Britons has slowed the demand for finance loans, but if you are capable of securing one due to your high credit standing and your pay history, you’ll find that most lenders are more than willing to work with you.

People receive finance loans for various purposes such as possibly a new car, home improvements, a new caravan, solicitor’s fees, a well-deserved holiday, to pay university or other school fees, or in order to pay off their credit cards or even an overdraft. Once the loan is granted the money will of course be yours to spend as you wish.

You will have to fill out an application which will ask for your full name, address, date of birth, marital status, employment status, gross monthly income, whether you are a homeowner or tenant, how much your house is worth and what is owing on your mortgage.

The next step in obtaining a finance loan is for the loan company or bank to verify the various information you have given them. You should be aware that the loan rates can go up to 29.9% APR. APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate, and it is defined as the equivalent rate of interest when considering any of the added costs for a given loan. Therefore it is a function of the initial loan amount, the applicable interest rate, the total additional costs, and the terms. Also, if you are applying for a finance loan, you’ll find that the debt may be secured on your home, and that home is then subject to being repossessed should you not keep up your payments on your mortgage or any debts that are secured by your home.

Now in an automobile loan, the automobile itself secures the loan whether it’s a new automobile or a refinancing of an existing auto loan. As with the caveat mentioned above, you must keep making payments if you do not wish to be subjected to a repossession of your automobile.

Back when lending was competitive it was much easier to locate a lender willing to take a chance on such an unsecured loan. However, now that we are in a credit crunch, all lenders have made it more difficult to arrange such finance loans. Already made effective October 2008, due to unscrupulous lenders who were in essence credit sharks, the Consumer Credit Act now has been changed to offer more protection to borrowers. The Banking Code Standards Board retains an easily navigable website should you encounter any problems when seeking either a secured or unsecured loan in Great Britain.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Entering Into a Franchise

Many Canadian would be entrepreneurs and business owners find that financing a franchise is often as challenging (if not more so) than the process and work and due diligence in selecting the right business to purchase.

Lets share some hands on, ‘real world’ advice and tips on franchise finance in Canada. Fantasy might often work for you, but NOT in business financing!

Business financing is a challenge on any level, major corporations wrestle with it everyday, and you are wrestling with it as you contemplate your new business venture. Naturally all our comments and advice relate to both a new franchise or your purchase of an existing business that is being sold by a franchisee.

A lot of franchises would do well to understand how the franchise industry is regulated in Canada and what types of disclosure and protection are in place for both you, and, to be fair, the franchisor. Those rights and obligations you have are under something called the ‘Arthur Wishart Act’ if you are in Ontario – other provinces have similar legislation. We strongly recommend that you look at the Act, and quite frankly your lawyer might be the best one to do this.

Clients always ask us what rate they might be expected to pay on a franchise finance loan in Canada. We are very clear on that, and the answer is ‘ it depends ‘! Would a rate in the 5-6% range sound good to you. We certainly think it does given you are a small business and in many cases viewed as a ‘start up ‘, notwithstanding your franchisors depth and reputation. That interest rate is available to you through a loan technically known as the BIL loan, also called the CSBF loan. Lay people call it the government Small Business Loan, and it is categorically the way in which a majority of the franchises in Canada are financed. Speak to trusted, credible an experienced advisor in this area of franchise finance who can successfully complete this financing for you.

Is a BIL franchise loan the only way to finance a franchise? Definitely not, other alternatives include a cash term loan, equipment financing for any hard assets in the business, and the final piece of the puzzle, which is your own owner equity or cash investment into the business. All business is financed by borrowing (debt) plus the owner equity contribution.

Can you get a franchise finance loan without any personal guarantees – the quick tip and answer is ‘ no ‘, we don’t think so, but we also point out to clients the aforementioned BIL loan requires only a 25% personal guarantee.

Clients always ask if a franchise can be financed with no down payment – here’s our quick tip on that – No, absolutely not. Whether you are financing a pizza franchise or building a car mfg plant any lender in North America will look to some owner financial involvement in the project. The balance act becomes how much, as there are pros and cons of putting down too much or too little equity.

Can you purchase a franchise without some thought around a business plan – we don’t think so, and info act the best tip we can give you is to do a business plan, and if you aren’t preparing it personally at least stay involved in the input and the process. It will steer you towards a common sense level of financial success in your business.

Prospective franchisees are always asking if an appraisal is required. Generally it is, but the biggest tip we can give you in this area is that the modest cost of an appraisal can actually be the largest financial benefit to your franchise financing, as it has the ability to increase lender confidence and lower your estimated personal financial commitment to the business.

Shopping For Your Car Finance Loan

Shopping around for a car is easy, but you need to also consider the car finance loan. Many people think they must take the car financing options that the dealership has to offer. Before you go shopping for a car to start with, people should always make a habit of shopping around their local car financing or car loan companies and check out what options they can get to help the consumer to save as much money as they possibly can. However, do not just stop with your local finance companies; go on the internet, to find some great deals that will save you money. You want to shop around and get as many quotes and as many different options as you can.

Shopping around gives you the opportunity to make a list of who has the cheapest rates, and who has the best financing terms. Some will have penalties, especially for early payments or early payoff, and some will not. You should try to avoid any car finance company that will have any type of penalties. If you purchase a car from a car lot or dealership rather than from an individual, you usually always have to have full coverage insurance; buying it from an individual as long as both parties agree and you are the only driver, you may be able to buy a low type of No-Fault insurance.

Many companies offer car finance loans with bad credit, and help you build your credit back up. Not all companies charge you an outrageous price for doing this as each car finance loan company is different and has many different options, however they can save you money in the long run. Some of these online car finance loan companies guarantee a 100% loan with no obligations, and it is free to apply. They even offer car finance loans for bad credit and no credit, or any type of credit problems such as bankruptcy, are ok, and they claim to provide the lowest rates in all 50 states.

When you find the right car that you are looking for, a car finance loan representative will want to know how far you will be driving back and forth to work, and whether or not you are going to use the car on the job. These questions usually make a big difference in how much money you will have to put down and how much your payments will be. If you have had any traffic tickets, and if you have been involved in any recent accidents can also play a role. They will also want to know if you have ever been caught driving with out a license, or if you have ever been caught driving under the influence.

There are a few car finance loan companies that do sell their own cars with low rates, and zero money down, on their used and new cars and trucks. A few of these offer instant credit approvals and immediate cash in a few minutes, which makes car finance loan companies sound as though they are too good to be true. Keep in mind that most of the time if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is; be very wary of websites such as these, and research them as much as possible in order to keep from being scammed and cause you severe stress in the future.