How to Get a Loan for an Apartment

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Get a loan, get the apartment you want.
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Moving into an apartment can be expensive. Quite often, renters do not have the money to secure the apartment of their choice. However, many financial institutions offer personal loans that can be used to cover the cost of moving into an apartment. By meeting a few requirements, you can obtain a loan for an apartment in a short time.

Review your credit report. Before you apply for a loan, you should order your credit report from the three major credit bureaus--Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Carefully read through each report and make sure all of your account information is correct. If you find any inaccuracies, submit a dispute form to the credit bureau before applying for a loan.

List your anticipated moving expenses. Take a moment to consider all of the possible up-front fees and expenses that are involved with moving into an apartment, such as an application processing fee, security deposit, first and last months’ rent, and moving supplies--such as boxes, packing tape and payment for a moving company. You may also be required to pay an appropriate deposit to have the utilities, telephone and cable turned on in your name.

Determine your monthly expenses. For instance, decide which type of lease you are going to sign--six-month, nine-month or 12-month--and estimate your projected monthly costs for the term of that lease. You will need to take into consideration the cost of your rent, utilities, renter’s insurance and other relevant costs.

Contact financial institutions to inquire about their loan products. Call or visit local banks and credit unions to speak to a loan specialist. Be sure to inform the loan specialist that you need a personal loan for an apartment. Ask about the requirements, rates, terms and fees for the loan products, such as eligibility criteria, annual percentage rate and repayment plan options.

Apply for an appropriate loan. The loan specialist will tell you how to complete the application process. Be prepared to share personal information on the application, such as your full name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, date of birth, employment and income details, current and previous addresses, valid telephone numbers and references.

Wait for a response. It may take up to two weeks before your loan application is processed with that lender. However, a loan specialist will contact you to inform you of their decision. If you are approved for a loan, you will need to sign important loan documents before the lender will release the funds to you.

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