7 Ways to Improve your Chances to Qualify for a Yacht Loan

By Tim Jones

A few years ago, getting a boat loan was quite easy, but is a difficult to qualify for a boat loan now. It's not impossible, however. Here are a few tips to improve your chance to qualify.

2. Check your credit score with all three agencies: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion (Each agency will give you a different score, and may even find different accounts). It is important that you run each one and check for accounts that you did not open or charges that you did not generate. If you find any you will need to dispute them with all three agencies.

2. Focus on your FICO score, which is the measurement of your financial stability and your ability to repay the loan. You can improve your score by paying down debt, having accounts with zero balances, and always paying your bills on time.

3. Increase the amount that you put down on the loan. By showing that the bank will not be the only one who will commit financially to the loan, you are able to show them that you are more likely to repay it. 20% or more is best.

4. Understand the way that a bank looks at your history. Yes, a bank looks at credit scores and your down payment percentage, but they will also look into your job stability, cash reserves, previous payment history, and borrowing experience. This means that you should not expect a loan dramatically larger than anything you have gotten at before.

5. Put together the documents detailing your current financial position. This includes your year to date earnings, your last two years of tax returns, and your investments including cash, stocks, annuities, IRA's, 401k's etc. Also understand that you are not just proving you capacity to pay back the loan, but pay back the loan and take good care of the yacht, because if you default the bank will own the boat.

6. Know the debt to income rations that banks use to qualify loans. Banks do not usually loan to anyone who's debt and expenses exceed 40% of their income.

7. Find the right company to represent you. Only a few lending institutions provide boat loans, and most independent brokers will request a loan quote with each of them. This means that having two agents will not help you (and can often hurt your chances of getting a good loan). It is important that you select an agent or brokerage that has a long history of dealing with yacht loan lenders and a good track record of successful loans. Remember, a good broker is your advocate. - 31382

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