- Tim does not need to loan the full amount. He could potentially lend as little as $50.
- Tim could endorse his brother-in-law which could help the loan get funded.
- Tim's brother-in-law would get the help he needs but would be forced to be financially responsible and pay the loan back.
- Tim has reduced his overall financial liability on the loan but is still fully supporting his brother-in-law.
- If the loan listing attracts enough attention, Tim could eventually get bid out of the loan reducing his financial liability to zero.
- Tim can earn a modest return on the money he lends to his brother-in-law, while the brother-in-law can get an interest rate as low as 6% depending on his credit.
- The loan listing preparation would force Tim's brother-in-law to think through how he currently spends his money, how he plans to use the loan, and how he plans to pay it back.
- The brother-in-law would learn the importance of maintaining a good credit score.
- This is better than co-signing for a loan which could have a significant negative to Tim's credit score if his brother-in-law missed payments.
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