In an earlier article, we introduced the Loan Against Property (LAP) product and its key features. Here, we explore this product in a little more detail and discuss how it can be effectively ‘leveraged’ for your business loan needs.
A Loan Against Property (LAP), as the name implies, is a loan disbursed by a lender against property mortgaged by the borrower. This is a Secured Mortgage Loan that is generally long term in nature.
Last November’s Demonetisation move created high expectations of low business loan interest rates. This expectation hasn’t been fulfilled and interest rates may remain static for a while to come.
In an earlier blog post, we discussed why SMEs developed a dependence on cash transactions and what the likely scenario will be going forward. Here, let’s look at the details of some of the specific factors that will lead to a breaking of the cash habit.
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India Inc.’s dependence on cash has traditionally been high, especially with MSMEs. A radical policy move like demonetisation has however compelled small businesses to consider alternatives to cash, which hopefully will become a habit. A habit that will serve business well in the emerging environment.
Marketplaces have always been the preferred shopping choice since forever. In the offline world, marketplaces that showcased a variety of products sold by multiple merchants made it easier for a shopper to pick and choose the best product at the best price. When this model moved online (with the likes of Amazon, ebay, Flipkart, makemytrip), ‘convenience’ got redefined and was taken to another level.
Alternative Lending is a very broad term used to describe the wider set of business loan options available to business owners.
Given the general under-penetration of banking services in India, it is no surprise that Alternative Lending channels are making inroads.
The world is going online and everything needs to be Bigger, Better, Faster, and More! So why should getting a business loan be any different?
There are many tangible benefits that SMEs can enjoy by going online for their small business loan needs.
Window shopping is taken very seriously by some shoppers when they visit markets or malls. This isn’t surprising when it comes without any costs attached. Not so much when you are in the market for a loan for your small business. Each window you stop at ends up making you and your small business a little less credit worthy.
Optimising Your Small Business Loans With ‘Debt Consolidation’
The title quote could apply just as well to your loan book as it does to Rowling’s book! Habitually, borrowers have preferred to borrow from multiple sources, in multiple forms. A Term Loan from Bank ‘A’, a Working Capital Facility from Bank ‘B’, a Loan Against Property from NBFC ‘C’, an Overdraft from Bank ‘D’, and so on. The reasons for doing so are varied: changing needs over time that require additional borrowing, perception that distributing the lender base and type of loans increases borrowing ability, and a false hope that the true extent of leverage cannot be clearly assessed by a new lender.
Some of these reasons may have been valid in a pre-digitisation era and in a time when credit scores and records were not consolidated in one source. However, these perceived advantages have been rendered totally irrelevant now.