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Secured Personal Loans - A Look at the Advantages and Drawbacks

Aug 5, 2008
If you are in need of funding, there are literally thousands of loan companies trying to offer you access to thousands of dollars to help you get through whatever tough spot or situation you are finding yourself in. Often, if you are in a good state of credit, and fall into the low risk category of borrower, you will be offered and unsecured personal loan, but often when you are in desperate need of funds, you will find yourself with a lower credit rating and firmly in the high risk category of borrowers.

Being in the high risk category can be a problem when applying for a personal loan. It is usually due to the borrower having a poor credit rating. This can be a result of poor money management, or possibly a loss of money due to an event without your control, but either way you have fallen into bad times. Also, a borrower can be placed in the high risk category having not developed enough of a credit history.

The other way of being put in the high risk category is through income. If the borrower has an unsteady income, possibly a temporary placement with a view to becoming permanent but has no guaranteed employment at the end of the contract, or even an income from self employment, the loan company may put the borrower in the high risk category due to an uncertainty surrounding the amount of money coming through each month.

A secured personal loan is a loan offered mainly to borrowers in the high risk category. They are allowed to borrow from the company, but have to offer up some form of collateral in order to receive the loan. If you have been placed in the high risk category due to a lack of credit history, or even poor credit, secured personal loans can be a great way to improve your credit rating in order to be approved for an unsecured personal loan in the future if necessary.

However, secured personal loans are a big risk. It is crucial that you know and understand the risk that is being taken before you commit. As collateral has to be provided for the loan, a default in one of your monthly payments could result in you losing that collateral, whether it is your home, business property or vehicle. As there is a lot to risk, it is essential that you take reasonable precautions before taking out the loan.

In order to protect yourself and of course your collateral, be realistic with the amount you want to borrow. If you have a history of poor money management then it is highly unadvised to take out a secured personal loan, in order to avoid dragging yourself further into debt.

If you have decided to commit to a secured personal loan, know how much you need to borrow, and stick to that amount. Often, loan companies will offer up to double what the borrower really needs, and while that extra cash may seem great before the loan starts, the repayments will be larger and could result in you losing your property should you fail to cope.

Secured personal loans are a great source of funding. As long as the risks are understood, a secured personal loan will help boost your credit rating and help get you that extra cash, whatever you may need it for.
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