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Understanding the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Loans

download (14)Deciding to take out a loan is not a decision that should be made lightly. There are so many factors to take into consideration and if you have poor credit, then the decision is even bigger than if you had a stellar credit report.

In all honesty, not everyone has the perfect credit report and many people go through some financial hardship at some point, a hardship that remains on their report for years restricting what they can and cannot do and whether or not they can apply for a loan and be successful in their application.

There are two main types of personal loans that you need to be aware of, both of which are possible with a bad credit report. The first is secured and the second is unsecured. Both offer advantages and disadvantages.

Secured loans are often preferred by lenders because they reduce the risk to the lender. These personal loans are usually offered for larger amounts, maybe you want to do some renovations to your home or build an extension on your existing property. They require security, this usually means putting your home up as collateral.

The advantages of a secured loan are that because your home is used as security, your interest rates tend to be lower. You pay the loan back in monthly repayments, which can be fixed or not. Be aware if you choose this loan and don’t fix the repayment amount, the repayments could increase or there could be a lump sum payable at the end of the loan agreement.

The disadvantage to secured loans, whether you have a poor credit history or not, is that should you be unable to repay the loan for any reason, there is the possibility of losing your home, which will be sold to repay the amount you owe. This is not a situation anyone wants to find themselves in.

Bad credit unsecured loans are the leading choice which eliminates the risk of losing your home and reduces the risk to you, while increasing the risk to the lender. With unsecured loans you get offered a loan at an agreed repayment amount, you make regular monthly payments until the loan is paid back.

Bad credit unsecured loans don’t require any security and are offered on smaller amounts, usually up to around $10,000. While these loans offer a higher interest rate, they do reduce the risk to you and the risk of losing your home should you miss a payment or two.

As with any loan, whether you choose secured or unsecured, you need to take some steps before applying. Often you choose a personal loan because you need urgent cash that you don’t have available in the bank. Banking institutions these days make it exceptionally difficult to secure any loan, they expect you to have cash in the bank and a stellar credit report. There are lenders online that will help you get the funding you need even with a bad credit history.

Before deciding between the two types of loans available, it’s a good idea to get your hands on your credit report and see if there is any way of improving it before you apply. If not, then consider how the repayments of a bad credit unsecured personal loan will affect your monthly budget and ensure that you can repay the amounts each month without going into default.

Going into default will only leave you with even more money you have to pay and more bad news on your credit report, which is the last thing you want.

 

Hacking Loan Interest Rates

download (4)Tragedy strikes and suddenly you need to help pay the bills for a loved one. Your soon to be pride and joy became triplets and the one bedroom you prepared just isn’t big enough. Life can throw some curveballs your way and the last thing you want is another surprise when you show up at the bank. With a little bit of planning you can keep the loan interest rates down and get back to more important matters.

Loan Rate Basics

Let’s cover the elephant in the room first. You already know your credit score is the single most important factor in deciding the loan interest rates offered. What you may not know is the lower your score the harder it will be to secure a decent loan and the higher the annual percentage rates will rise. It’s important to look in the mirror and know where you stand before you start applying for these loans. Every time you apply for a loan a new mark is added to your credit score and too many of these will make lenders uncomfortable. It’s important to go in with a game plan and stick your landing the first time.

Secured Loans

With your credit history in mind you’re ready to decide what type of loan to apply for. Almost every loan out there falls into one of two categories either secured or unsecured. Secured loans require a valuable possession such as your car or house to be put up as collateral and if you default on the loan the bank has a right to sell the possession to make up for their losses. These loans are considered lower risk so they tend to have better loan interest rates and generally have lower credit score requirements. Some of the most common secured loans you may already be familiar with are vehicle loans or home equities.

Unsecured Loans

The other popular loan type is unsecured, they are occasionally called personal or signature loans because all they require from you is to sign on the dotted line. No collateral is required for these and as a result if you were unable to pay it back there is little chance the bank can recoup its loss. With great risk comes great rates; these loans have some of the highest rates and require a much higher credit score to attain. It’s a common wives tale that unsecured loans are only for those with a high net worth. While that is a myth it is true that these are harder to attain and are much more expensive.

One Last Factor: Loan Term

The term is another important factor that determines the loan interest rates you’ll be offered. Banks consider longer term loans to be riskier so they increase the rate accordingly. If you’re pocketbook can afford it a shorter term might mean a lower rate and peace of mind sooner when the loan is paid off.

There are a lot of factors that a lender will look into to determine the risk but the three to keep in mind are your credit history, the type of loan and the term. With a little bit of forethought you can be an informed consumer and keep the loan interest rates down to a minimum when life comes knocking.