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Should You Ask Your High Street Bank For a Loan?

Mar 22, 2008
Modern lenders are experts at bombarding us with commercials on TV, in newspapers and in the post, offering us all kinds of opportunities to borrow money. Most of the time we totally ignore this advertising and junk mail.

However, for many people, at some point in their lives they need a little help with their finances. This can be a daunting and confusing prospect; your first impulse is probably to run down to the bank or building society.

On the assumption that you have been with them for years so they are bound to give you a loan and they will have the best interest rates anyway. Well you could be wrong on both counts; banks and building societies are systematically tightening of their lending policies. Banks and building societies have been hit hard with the mortgage crisis of the last few months. This has left them short of money to give out prospective borrowers; in addition, they are trying to recoup some of their losses by increasing the rate of interest on loans, wherever possible.

There may well be other lenders, who at this moment are in a better position to make you a loan, and the interest rate could be lower than the High Street banks and building societies are offering. These High Street institutions have a long tradition of being tough on potential borrowers in an effort to be as sure as possible that they loose the minimum amount of money to people who do not make their repayments. This is obviously good business practice, but in reality, it often means that people who are a perfectly reasonable credit risk are unable to get loans. Either because the bank is short of money, not that they would never say that to you that. Or simply because their lending rules are so tight at the moment that it makes it impossible for regular people, who don't have huge incomes to obtain a loan.

Planning ahead can be a great help when looking for a loan. The first thing you need to consider is if you can afford to pay back the amount, you want to borrow. An online broker would be happy to give you a no obligation quote so you can find out how much your loan may cost you.
Try to pay back the loan as quickly as possible to save yourself considerable interest, so get a quote for over more than one repayment period, for example, 12 months or three years.

Another good precaution is to check out your credit report; this is what any potential lender will also be checking through before deciding if they will give you the loan. And if so how much interest they will charge. These credit reports often to contain outdated or inaccurate information, if you find there is something wrong on the report is as important to contact the credit reporting agency in writing and request that they correct your details.
A slight mistake on your report can end up costing you a lot of money in additional payments each month. So if you have time available use it to check your credit report thoroughly.

Then contact a reliable loan officer, there are many of these available online, which can be very convenient, and also save you a considerable amount on the actual repayments. As online brokers operate with lower overheads than high-street lenders, which means they can pass on the savings to the customer in the form of lower monthly payments. A qualify broker will be able to lead you through the application and find you the best quote available for your circumstances, as well as advise you on any details that you may be unsure of.
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Joe Kenny writes for Glitec.org, offering loans, visit them today for cheap cheap personal loans or more options from OnlyStop.com personal loans .
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