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How To Compare Unsecured Loans

Dec 7, 2007
If you need a loan to finance something comparatively inexpensive, such as a holiday somewhere exotic and warm, or a new car, or even to re-carpet the house, you will probably compare unsecured loans to find the one that suits you best of all.

It is not written in stone, but generally speaking, a loan that is for something costing less than 25,000 should be financed by an unsecured loan, and anything costing more should probably be financed by a fully secured loan.

As its name suggests, an unsecured loan is one that has no secure backing, such as your house, to guarantee repayment. Instead, the lending institution, a bank or building society, will look at your credit history and you current earnings. They may also check up on your employment record to see how stable your work history has been. Someone who is constantly getting a new job does not inspire confidence to any lender.

If you have a poor credit rating you may find it hard to get an unsecured loan. But lenders are increasingly starting to recognize that such people are not necessarily the really bad risk they may appear to be on first sight. Many institutions are now offering those with poor credit histories unsecured loans. However, in such cases the APR will be higher than for those who have a good credit rating. This is probably unavoidable and you will simply have to take the time to find the one who offers you the best deal.

When you compare unsecured loans you will immediately notice that the interest rates offered will be noticeably higher than the interest rates for secured loans. But in today's highly competitive lending market, you should find that the rates offered across the board are roughly comparable. Also, the lowest interest rate may not always be the best deal. There are other things to consider, so it all tends to be a bit of swings and roundabouts, and you need to wade through the confusion to find the offer that suits you best.

A very important element in an unsecured loan is the time period of repayment. You may be restricted in this respect and have to pay back the loan earlier than you would wish to, so this where you have to compare unsecured loans most carefully. Although longer repayment periods may mean lower monthly repayments, it will inevitably mean a larger amount has to be repaid overall. You therefore need to balance the ease of lower monthly repayments with the savings to be gained in a shorter repayment period.

Another area that can make savings and needs to be compared carefully is how you make your application. It is not too unusual to find that an application made over the telephone, or even in person at the bank or building society, will command a higher APR than one made online. Applications made online are automatic and do not take up any of the bank staff time while the actual application is being made. This saving can therefore be passed on to you.

It is not particularly easy to compare unsecured loans and find the right one for you. But with diligence and patience you can quite easily come up with the best solution. The Internet has made all this so much easier than it used to be and comparison-shopping is almost a pleasure as a result.
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