Loans can be very expensive and so it can be wise to have a look around for the cheapest possible options. There also may be some people that have very little choice when it comes to loans because they do not have a good credit record. This means that they may not be able to borrow anything at all or they may only be offered extremely uncompetitive rates which means that the loan is just much too expensive. Therefore it is not surprising that some people turn to family members for help with their loan.
There are some very obvious advantages to borrowing money form family but there are also disadvantages that people may not be so aware of. If you borrow from a family member you are likely to be able to get the money quickly. They will probably have the money available easily and you will be able to therefore get it to you very quickly. This could be a fantastic help if you do need the money very quickly. Family may also not charge interest and so you may get a free loan or if they do charge interest, they may charge a lot less than other lenders would. This could mean that they are a much cheaper alternative as well. Repayments might be easier as well. They may not expect you to repay the loan using regular monthly repayments like normal lenders would. They may be a lot more flexible and let you pay them back when you are ready. They may let the loan be outstanding for a very long time or let you pay it back in very small instalments over a very long period of time. This could mean that it will be cheaper, more flexible and more readily available than other alternatives and so if you do have a family member who has money and is willing to help you out then it could seem that this would be a really good option for you.
However, things may not be quite as easy as this. You may find that you could risk falling out with your family member if you do not pay them back as much and as often as they wanted. Perhaps they might start running short of money themselves and you have not got the money to pay them back. They may demand it and there may be nothing you can do to get it. They may have expectations about how much you pay back and how often and you may have different ones and this could cause a rift between you. There is even a possibility that you may end up falling out and not ever making it back up to each other and this could mean that you could regret even asking in the first place. It could therefore be wise to make sure that you have a written agreement before you start as to what is expected with regards to repayments and this should help to make sure that you do not disagree with each other over this.
It is also worth considering the impact on other family members. There may be jealousy if you borrow money off someone and others do not have the opportunity. They may not have asked for the money and so just may not have been given the option. However, they may feel it is unfair as there may not be enough money left to lend them any if they do ask for it. It could not only impact you relationship with the jealous family member but it could have a wider impact and effect your relationship with many different family members. This could be far worse than any financial difficulties you may face if you do not take the loan.
So it is well worth thinking hard before you ask a family member to lend you money and before taking the loan. Make sure that you both agree on repayments and write it down, even if you agree that there is no fixed repayment schedule so that there can be no arguments about it at a later date. Consider whether it will cause friction with other family members and whether it is worth risking this.