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Personal Loan - Secured Vs. Unsecured

Jun 26, 2008
When a loan is considered, there is usually two types. The first type is secured loan while the second type is unsecured loan. You may have heard about these two terms before. However, do you know the difference between these two types of loans?

In fact, collateral is always required for a secured loan. Normally the collateral will be property such as your home in the case of personal loans. This is why it is called secured loan. It is more secured since the lender can take your collateral in case you are unable to repay. As a matter of fact, the loan, or advance cash you can get from your credit card is indeed a form of unsecured loan.

You may properly can guess what an unsecured personal loan is. It is a loan that does not require any collateral. It is less secured from the point of view of the lender. This is because there is nothing for the lender to take from you in case you cannot repay the loan.

You will certainly expect that there will be difference between these two types of loans. Yet you may not know exactly the difference. In fact, one of the most significant difference is that you will have to take a higher monthly payment if you are getting an unsecured loan.

The interest rate of an unsecured loan will also be higher when compared with a secured personal loan. You will certainly know this when you investigate the interest rate of the credit card loans.

Besides, the repayment period will normally be longer for a secured loan. In some cases it can be extended to a repayment period of 25 years!

You may prefer to get a secured personal loan when you know the advantages of it over an unsecured one. However, you will need to have a property at the first place. If you do not have a property, there is no way for you to get a secured personal loan. The situation will also be different if you have a mortgage for the property.

Although the interest rate of a secured loan will be lower than an unsecured one. The rate itself will also depend on various factors. For example, the repayment period and the amount you borrow will certainly have significant effects on the interest rate.

While you may prefer a secured personal loan, you have to bear in mind that you have to make sure that you can repay the loan. You may lose your home / property if you cannot do that!
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