Understanding Loan Terms

Understanding Loan Terms

Need A Personal Loan? Know These 4 Things

Stanley Simmons

Are you in a situation where you are in need of money, either for an investment or to make a large payment? If so, you'll need a personal loan. Here is what you need to know about this type of financing. 

How Do Personal Loans Work?

A personal loan allows you to borrow a large sum of money, and then pay it back at regular intervals. This could be weekly or monthly payments. In addition, there is an interest rate that determines how much money you pay to the lender for the loan. You typically pay the interest rate based on the balance left on the loan, so you end up paying more in interest when the loan is new and you haven't repaid much of it back. 

What Are The Different Kinds Of Personal Loans?

You can receive the loan as a lump sum or as a line of credit, allowing you to borrow what you need as you go. The benefit of having a line of credit is that you only pay interest on the money that you have borrowed, so the interest on a line of credit may end up being less than taking the money out as a lump sum if you are gradually taking the money out and repaying it back.

There are also secured and unsecured loans. A secured loan is any type of loan that uses an asset as collateral, such as your home or a vehicle. By securing the loan with an asset, you typically get access to more money and a lower interest rate. This is because the collateral can be taken from you if you do not repay the loan, putting less risk on the lender.

An unsecured loan doesn't have collateral attached to it. This makes the loan inherently riskier to the lender and will result in a higher interest rate and a more strict approval process.

How Do You Qualify For A Personal Loan?

You must apply for a personal loan with a local lender, who will then collect your financial information and qualify you for a loan. Each lender has its own requirements depending on the type of loan you want and how much you are borrowing. They will look at your monthly income, credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and financial history. They will then make a determination about if you qualify for a personal loan, how much money you are approved for, and what the interest rate will be.


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Understanding Loan Terms

When was the last time you realized you were in the red financially? Although most people don't think about their finances on a day to day basis, it can be easy to find yourself living paycheck to paycheck if you aren't careful. I began thinking carefully about the financial implications of some life decisions I was making, and I knew I had to make a difference. I talked with a loan officer about getting things together, and he was instrumental in helping me to work things out. Read more about my financial successes and failures on this little website. You might be able to avoid some of my previous mistakes.