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How to Find the Right Loan

Aug 17, 2007
Finding the right loan is simple really. You need to always know what the loan will cost you and you try to get the loan with the lowest interest and the easiest payment arrangements. But there are other dynamics to finding loans and for young adults and people with an imperfect credit record, finding the right loan can be a frustrating journey. The interest rate of a loan is an obvious metric to choosing the right loan. This means it will pay to shop around a little. There is a simple rule here. If you are considered a high credit risk then you will only be offered high - interest loans. And it only stands to reason that if you are low risk then you will get a loan with a low interest rate. Some loans are unsecured which means basically that the creditor has little recourse in recovering any asset from you to satisfy an outstanding debt should you begin failing to make the payments and default. But, if you've had some credit issues in the past, you can bet you will pay a high interest rate for an unsecured loan. You will get a better interest rate when you put down security in these cases (such as your home).

You should stay away from loans that are to be paid over long periods of time if you can. For example, automobile loans can be for terms of seven years on new sales. While the payment offered may seem attractive you can bet that after seven years you will have paid more for the automobile than it was ever worth - even new.

But something else folks don't think about when they take out long - term loans is that one has no way of knowing what his or her financial status will be during that span of time. With a global economy, the internet, and outsourcing of technology jobs, a person can lose their job quickly and without notice. And it is not a matter of if it will happen to most of us but when. When you get a loan, try to get it paid as quickly as possible and within the shortest timeframe.

With the mention of quick payoffs, you should also see if the loan you are about to get has a penalty for early payoff. Now why would someone want to penalize you for paying off a loan early? It's because when you pay off that loan early, the lender just lost out on all of those projected interest payments. It cuts into their profits from lending activities. It is merely a matter of business. Lenders have to cover their costs in lending operations plus stay profitable in order to stay in business.

In some regions of the United States there is a type of loan called the "Payday Loan." These loans are usually made for a term of two months with like a 600% interest rate and that is no exaggeration. The idea is that if you get paid every two weeks then you'll be able to pay them on payday. Not only should you hide from these loans but run as far away from them as you can.

There are many people out there eager to lend you money - even if you have bad credit believe it our not. Do your homework, shop around, and know the facts before you sign.
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