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How Can I Get A Personal Loan?

Aug 17, 2007
A personal loan is a loan that you can get for any particular reason. You can do with the money whatever you want. Whether you want it to consolidate your debts, buy a new car, fix up the house, or take a trip - that is up to you to decide. Here are some things you need to know about how to get a personal loan.

Two Kinds

Personal loans come in basically two forms - secured and unsecured. The secured form of a personal loan means, like most loans, that you could lose the item if you do not make the payments. Security is usually in the form of a house, but a car will usually work, too, for a smaller loan. Having security for a loan will usually mean that you can get a larger loan and a much better rate of interest. This is the best kind of personal loan to get.

An unsecured loan means that you give nothing in the form of security for the loan. Since it also means a greater risk to the lender, this type of loan usually means higher interest rates, and a shorter time for repayment.

What Is Needed

In order to qualify for this type of loan you will need a couple of things. The lender is not going to loan money to anybody who walks in off the street. So, besides the usual identification requirements, you will need proof of employment like a recent paystub, and a rather good credit rating - in most cases.

Now, however, quite a few lending institutions are giving out money even to people with bad credit. Some, even offer in their advertising to extend credit to those with bad credit - and without a credit check! You can be sure, though, that the interest rates are high, and that this type of loan is probably not in your best interest. Many lending institutions do not offer this type of loan because of the risk involved.

Be Sure To Compare

When getting your personal loan be sure to take the time to see what a few other companies might offer you. You can do this very easily over the Internet. You will want to compare not only the interest rates and size of the payments, but also any other features the loan may have. Also, be sure that you can pay the personal loan off early, if possible, and have a reduction in interest (some loans do not allow this - such as a payday loan). In order to properly understand what you will be paying, you may want to compare it to a secured loan, too, if you are thinking about getting an unsecured loan and you will see quite a difference.

Use It To Better Your Credit Rating

A personal loan will effect your credit rating, too. So, if your credit is not in the best of
shape, you can improve your rating by how well you pay off this one. Ideally, you will want to make every payment on time, and for the full amount of the payment. If possible, add a little extra to each one, too, in order to get it paid off early.
About the Author
Joe Kenny writes for SelectLoans.co.uk, a personal loans comparison site, visit us today for information on all loan topics including UK secured loans and links to leading UK providers.
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