Choose a lender the smart way

Your coaches explain the importance of using a responsible lender and then give you tips on how to identify one.

CassieAlways be careful when selecting a lender. A responsible lender can help you gain financial flexibility and achieve your goals. Unfortunately there are a few lenders you should watch out for.

AliciaHow do you find a responsible lender? Look for an established company with a good reputation. Ask a money-savvy friend, family member, or work associate for a referral. Or, ask your local banker or employer.

A responsible lender

CassieOnly work with lenders who answer all your questions, put everything in writing, and give you time to shop and compare costs and rates before you sign a loan agreement. These are all good signs of a responsible lender.

AliciaYou’ll have to live up to the terms of the loan agreement you sign, so it’s critical that you understand exactly what you’re signing.

Characteristics of responsible lenders:

  • Established company
  • Good reputation
  • Answers your questions
  • Everything in writing
  • Gives you time to decide

Ask sources you trust for referrals.

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