Beginners Guide To Personal Loans
By: Martin Elmer
A personal loan is money you borrow from a lender for your own private use (therefore also called private loans). The lending institution can be a bank, investment broker, or private lending company. You can apply for such a loan in your home town or on the internet.
You can use a personal loan for a variety of purposes like education, vacation, vehicle repairs, home repairs and legal bills. You can also use it for debt consolidation.
Normally the private loan maximum is $15,000. But how much you actually can borrow depends on guidelines from the lender and is based your income as well as your overall credit rating.
Often a personal loan is confused with a line of credit; and is absolutely not the same. The major difference is that when you raise a personal loan, you will be paid a sum of money by the lender. A line of credit is somehow similar, but in this case you can access your funds up to your credit line; and you can decide only to access what you need.
Personal loans can be either secured or unsecured. Secured loans mean you will offer the lender some type of collateral that they can claim in the event you don’t repay the loan. This can be a vehicle, land, or other asset you own. Unsecured personal loans mean there is no collateral. The interest rates for unsecured loans are higher because there is a greater risk of non-payment.
The terms of a personal loan are generally one to five years. The terms of your loan will depend on the lender and the amount of money you borrow. It is important that you understand the loan terms prior to accepting the funds.
While a longer loan term will result in lower payments, you will end up paying more for the loan over the life of it due to the amount of interest. Keeping that in mind, only borrow the amount you need for your specific purpose and pay it back as quickly as you can. Make sure the set monthly payment is something within your reach on a regular basis so you are not likely to default on the loan.
Consolidation of other debts is a typical use of a personal loan. Used the right way it is a great chance to only have one monthly payment and reducing the monthly expenses. But it will only work if you set up a budget and live within the boundaries of it. Sadly enough it is often so that a person who raise a private loan to consolidate their debt end in huge debt again very fast. And now they do not only have their old debt to pay again; they also have a new personal loan.
If you think you are in the risk to do that, it could be a good idea to enroll in a debt management course. There are normally for free and can be taken in a non-profit credit counseling centers.
Personal loans are an easy way to quick money; and it is very simple to apply for it. Before the lender hands you the credit check you just have to verify your income, employment and residence. You can even qualify for a personal if you have no established credit or bad credit. Just be prepared to pay a higher interest rate and bring some kind of security.