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Want Some Interesting Hints On Finding Secured Loan Deals?

Apr 27, 2008
Here are a few simple suggestions concerning raising a secured loan:

The best secured loan deal is easy to find. Just go to one of those sites offering to compare 100, 200, or 3197 diverse secured loan lenders. Seriously. It's a good idea. With one caveat:

The secured loan comparison site may not be comparing like with like.

Two seemingly similar deals from two different companies may have the same APR (annualised percentage rate), but have different fees, pre-payment penalty clauses, or closing costs. So if a website plumps for secured loan Company A as being the absolute best, beware that there may be a sting in the tail. Or, they are cutting corners in other areas of their operation.

The trick is finding the best financial product deal for you, given your circumstances. If you're searching via the 'net, chances are you have bad credit, or a CCJ. That's just been my experience. There are brokers out there, however, who can offer a reasonable secured loan deal to people with a poor credit history. In fact, they like those sorts of deals, because they can make more cash from them; people with a poor credit history automatically get charged with higher interest rates.

If the debts you hold are just too overwhelming then you should get assistance from a credit counsellor (preferably a non-profit one) A.S.A.P. They will help you work out a repayment plan, or a debt amalgamation agreement. It's not the most pleasant choice when trying to improve bad credit, because it prolongs your poor credit rating, but it's the safest way to do it. If your current debt has a high-interest component, like above 10%, you could get a secured loan with a lower rate of interest, and pay it off.

If your credit rating has got worse since you took out your loan(s), then your best bet is to negotiate directly with your current creditors for a longer repayment term with lower monthly payments, or even to get them to forgive part of the debt, if you can prove to them you're skint. Anything's better than getting into debt consolidation or going bankrupt, as then your credit rating will be really hammered. IMPORTANT: make sure they don't report negative information to the credit bureaus, if you negotiate a different deal. You want to try to keep a good rating.

Any credit cards, charge cards, or 'purchase now pay later' cards that you don't need; get rid of them, but keep the oldest one, for the credit history attached to it. Don't be the fool who consolidates their debt only to rack it back up again when they've finally paid off their old loans.

The lower the annual percentage rate figure the less the financial product costs will be. Interests on financial products are charged in one of two ways, as either a fixed or variable rate. A fixed interest rate is guaranteed for the whole term of the loan and will not be subject to market fluctuations. The variable interest rate is generally lower than fixed interest rates in the beginning; however, they do not offer the security of a fixed interest rate, incorporating a risk element in your finances.

The most important thing that has to be decided before one begins to start looking for a secured loan is how much one can pay towards monthly instalments of the financial product i.e., how much is affordable. One should prepare a budget, which gives one the maximum limit to which one can spend on buying your secured loan.

For preparing such a budget, one needs to analyse all the different offers out there in the market, their rates and fees. Also details about the providers should be double checked for the purpose of security. Being pre-equipped with a budget, one knows one's limit, which helps one to select the best deal.

Use cash when making purposes as much as you can. Avoid using your debit card when you already have cash with you. Use your credit cards or write cheques only in emergencies. Having debit cards, credit cards and cheques to hand might lead you to overspend.

Once you make a final decision on secured loan, make sure that you are aware of the total costs involved, including the annualised percentage rate and any other fees attached to early repayment. Remember, when any loan is taken out, a credit agreement is set up to grant the borrower a certain quantity of money, if they submit to the terms and agree to pay back a sum over a specified period of time. It's not a one-off purchase, it's a contract.
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Niccolo Svengali is a promoter for secured loan and employment insurance web sites.
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