Collateral

By Entrepreneur Staff

Collateral Definition:

The asset(s) used as security in order to obtain a loan

Collateral is an important criteria by which lending institutions and the SBA judge a loan application. Before attempting to apply for a loan, you should prepare an itemized list that precisely describes the collateral you're prepared to offer to secure the loan, such as your home, other real estate, stock investments and so on.

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