Overdraft Agreements: a Finance Alternative After Bankruptcy

By: Amanda Hash

After bankruptcy most of the finance doors get closed and it is very complicated to obtain funds for those applicants that have a past bankruptcy on their credit report. However, overdraft agreements may constitute an option to start rebuilding your credit. Though these special loans do not provide huge amounts of funds, they can be the first step from a recovery scenario.

With an overdraft agreement, you can begin to improve your credit score by repaying the money you withdraw without pressure as you can take your time to repay if you can not repay the whole amount altogether. This provides flexibility which is very useful for those who have just gone through a bankruptcy process and they are starting to rebuild their financial life.

Overdraft Agreements

Overdraft agreements are revolving credit accounts that are associated with your bank account. You are entitled to a certain credit with an amount limit. Up to that limit you can withdraw from your account as much money as you need even if you do not have deposits on it to cover for the amount withdrawn.

Once you withdraw the money it starts generating interests that will need to be repaid along with the principal. These agreements work just like lines of credit so you will not need to repay the amount you requested in certain fixed installments. You can repay the money the way you want. As long as the interests do not push the account beyond the credit limit, you do not need to worry.

Benefits From Overdraft Agreements

Overdraft agreements provide a lot of flexibility which is great for those who have gone through bankruptcy, have bad credit or financial difficulties since they do not have to repay the loan in a certain way and can repay the loan the way they want. Whenever you have enough available income to repay the loan, however, you should do it because it not only stops interests from accumulating but it also brings other benefits.

The repayment of the money owed will be reported to credit bureaus and will contribute to increasing your credit score and improving your credit history. Thus, using your overdraft agreement and regularly repaying the money as soon as your pay check arrives, will contribute to credit recovery. And an overdraft agreement can constitute the first step in the path to recover your ability to get finance at reasonable terms.

After your credit gets better by using this tool you can resort to credit cards in order to continue increasing your credit score. Or you could request small unsecured loans for purchases. Repaying these loans will also add up to your credit recovery and with time you will be able to get loans for higher loan amounts, lower interest rates and longer repayment schedules.

Thus, though an overdraft agreement may not provide you with all the money you need for financing right away. Given that you have gone through a bankruptcy process, it can aid you in recovering your credit so you can, in a reasonable period of time, improve your chances of getting approved for loans on better terms. The whole process requires patience and a bit of sacrifice, but it is definitely worthwhile.

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