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Imagine this: A close friend, someone you trust dearly, approaches you with a request. They need a loan, and for whatever reason, they can't get approved on their own. They ask you, their loyal confidante, to take one out for them. You want to help, of course. But a little worry pops up, what if they can't repay it?
This seemingly simple request can potentially turn into a major financial and emotional burden. Co-signing or becoming a co-maker for a friend's loan puts you on the hook for the entire amount if they default. This may strain your friendship, damage your credit score, and leave you scrambling to cover the payments.
Thinking of being a loan guarantor? Let’s have a better understanding of its role.

What is a Guarantor?

Being a guarantor involves helping someone else get credit, such as a loan. Acting as a guarantor, you “guarantee” someone else’s loan by promising to repay the debt if they can’t afford to. Basically, you're saying "I'll cover the payments if they can't."
Whether you’re considering asking someone to be a guarantor, or you’ve been approached by a family member or friend in need, you need to be aware of the possible financial risks. If the borrower doesn’t repay the loan, you will be legally responsible for paying the debt. Apart from the financial burden, these situations can sometimes end precious relationships. Both the borrower and the guarantor should think seriously about whether they can commit to maintaining the payments.

Things to Consider Before Agreeing to Be A Guarantor

Being a guarantor is a fantastic way to support someone you care about! Before you jump in, let's make sure everything is set up for success. Here are a few key things to consider:
Your Friend's Finances: Can they comfortably afford the loan repayments? Do they have a stable source of income? A history of responsible financial management is a good sign.
Your Own Finances: Do you have the financial cushion to cover the loan payments if needed? Being a guarantor shouldn't strain your own budget.
The Loan Details: Understand the total amount guaranteed, interest rates, and any limitations on your liability.
Open Communication: An honest conversation with your friend is crucial to discuss expectations and potential difficulties.

Understand the Risks of Being a Guarantor

Financial: You are legally responsible for covering the debt if the primary borrower defaults, potentially impacting your savings, investments, and credit score.
Emotional: Dealing with debt collection and potential legal action can be stressful and damaging to relationships.
Unexpected events: Job loss, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances can make it difficult for the borrower to manage debt, ultimately placing the loan responsibility on you.

Does Home Credit accept guarantors for loan applications?

At Home Credit, we believe in empowering our customers! We make the person named on the loan agreement our valued client, responsible for the repayments. Signing the contract signifies your commitment to fulfilling the payment schedule, building a strong credit history, and securing easier access to future loans and opportunities.
Guaranteeing a loan is a big decision and a significant commitment. It's crucial to thoroughly assess the potential risks and weigh your own financial capability before agreeing. If you have any uncertainties or hesitations, don't feel obligated to say yes. But once you, both parties, have thoroughly understood and discussed all the responsibilities that surround it, sign up and help someone get credit.

Ready to get a loan from Home Credit?

Now you know more about what a guarantor is! If you are interested in getting a loan from Home Credit, consider checking out our product loans.

If you’re already a Home Credit customer, find out if you qualify for a cash loan. Having a guarantor makes the process smoother and more secure. It’s a win-win situation!