Having a co-signer on a loan application can be a good thing. This can be anyone that you know, like a friend or family member, who agrees to share the responsibility for repaying the loan if you cannot make the payments for some reason. Usually it is a parent who will co-sign for a child who has no credit or low credit. It can be a good way to build up your good credit and get the results that you are looking for. In other cases, the co-signers good credit may help someone with poor credit get a loan that they would otherwise be denied.
We all start out with a credit score of 0. Having no credit score is almost as bad as having a bad one. There is no record of your credibility, which is not very convenient if you are a young adult trying to get a loan for a home, car or college education. Some parents or guardians who understand the meaning of having credit will put their child’s name on a utility bill and let them make payments from a job or pay for it themselves. As long as the bill is paid in full and on time, it will positively reflect on the person’s credibility. It will be a lot easier to move into the adult world of making a large purchase, like a first home, when you have good credit to your name.
For the person that has managed to make a bad name for himself or herself in the world of credit and they are in need of a loan, they may have to rely on a co-signer to help them out of this jam. No one wants to be in debt and a family member or friend will be more understanding than the institution from where you want to borrow the money. A co-signer must have a good credit score and they must be willing to take over the remaining money that is owed on the loan for any reason if the primary borrower cannot make payments.
If you are in debt and you cannot seem to get a break, a co-signer could be what you are looking for. No matter what your reason for bad credit, it is up to the lender to approve or deny you based on the facts of your credit report. As long as you know someone who has good credit and enough trust in your ability to repay the loan that you are looking for, you may have a good chance to get back to where you want. A co-signer is a good way to establish or re-build good credit for you.