Types of Personal Loans
There are two types of personal loans, secured and unsecured. It can be hard to decide which one is best for you. Secured loans come with a lower interest rate than unsecured loans. However to get that lower interest rate you will have to offer some type of asset to the lender in the event you are not able to repay your loan. In many cases, the one you will choose will depend on what you are eligible for. Unsecured loans are generally available to those who have a good or outstanding credit rating and a steady income. Secured loans are usually the only option for those with poor credit, no credit history, and an unsteady work history.
Secured personal loans are a great way to establish your credit. They payments are often low, but your interest may be off the charts. To offset, this use it to your advantage. Only borrow what you need. Too often applicants hear the dollar amount they are eligible for and run with it.
Know before you apply what amount you are looking for as well as what you plan to use it for. Then stick to that. Don’t let a high pressure lender talk you into taking more than you really need. If this personal loan is your opportunity to establish your credit history, then don’t blow it. Use it wisely. Make all your monthly payments on time. If possible pay the loan off sooner to show you are responsible. Doing so will make the process much easier the next time you need to apply for a loan. Secured loans can also be a second chance for those with poor credit to redeem themselves.
It is important that you don’t miss any payments with a secured loan. If you find you can’t make a payment for some reason, contact the lender immediately to work out a solution. This is very important if you have lost your source of income. Most lenders will try to resolve the issue before reporting the personal loan as being in default. Since you have secured the loan with some type of property you own, you are at risk of losing that item if you can’t repay the loan. It is in your best interest to find a solution to stay on track with the payments of a secured personal loan.
Unsecured personal loans have a higher interest rate, but you will have the peace of mind that nothing you own is tied to that loan if you default on it. However, it is still very important for you to take responsibility for the debt and pay it as outlined in your loan terms. The same rules apply here as with a secured loan. Only borrow what you need and pay it back early if possible to keep your credit score high and reduce the amount of interest you will pay on the loan.