Do you need a personal loan? Sometimes we have higher expenses and need more than credit cards, which tend to have higher interest rates. When you have an emergency and need money, the best solution is to ask for a personal loan with advantageous interest rates. There are some agencies dedicated to these services, and of course, the banks are included.

The first and best advice I can give you is this: If you make the decision to take out a loan, use a reliable institution. Unfortunately, some small businesses and money lenders are swindlers. This means you will not only lose money, but you will have lots of problems as well!

It is also very important to read the small print of whatever paperwork you sign! Some loans have such very high interest rates that in the long run, it ends up more expensive and will probably take you a long time to pay off. 

There are essentially two types of personal loans: secured and unsecured. Secured loans generally offer lower interest rates than unsecured loans, but you need a counterparty as a guarantee. For example, this can be your home or your car. However, if you do not pay your loan, you can lose whatever you posted as a guarantee.

Unsecured loans also called, “a signature loan” requires only your signature to obtained the loan. Unsecured loans are commonly known as “signature” loans. But the rates tend to be higher even though the risk of losing the guarantee disappears. 

The most convenient step is to investigate first. If you have a reliable bank, take some time to visit and find out what types of loans they offer, any available rates and other conditions that apply. They might not share the rate details with you unless you formally request a credit. However, you can ask for a range of different rates to gather information. In the same way, check online with other banks and credit cooperatives to learn about other rates and applicable conditions to ensure you get the best options. 

It is important to bear in mind the following details: the interest rates will depend on your credit score. They will also investigate how reliable you are to pay your debt, the amount of debt incurred and the time you have taken to cover it. If your credit score is good, it will allow you to get better interest rates. On the other hand, two things can happen: Your credit will be denied or you will get the loan at a higher interest rate. 

You can get your credit score for free at CreditKarma.com. If it is below 640, it is likely that it will be difficult to get a personal loan at a good rate. Ask for a free copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com to see if there are errors affecting your score. 

In summary:

-Investigate the different banks and cooperatives to review the rates they have in relation to your credit score.

-Take your time and read the fine print!

-Be realistic on how much you can pay and the timeframe for payment.

-Do not give any guarantees if you cannot keep them!

-If your credit score is low, correct the errors and clean them to get better interest rates.

-Only use reliable institutions!

-Once you are in front of the lender, ask all the questions you need to ask. To do this, get organized well in advance!

-Based on the information from the bank, it is advisable to create a checklist of the required paperwork related to the loan application. Of course, it may take some time to acquire the paperwork from your creditors, employer, and other financial resources. Note: Incomplete applications may be cause your loan to be denied.

Remember: the bank or institution of your choice will run a background check, so it may take some time to grant your credit. Although it may be pre-approved, it may take some weeks to process effectively. 

If it is a personal loan, the lender may want to know how you will use the cash. It is important to note the loan process can be a little frustrating. And it can be dangerous for you to apply continuously for any available loans you hope to obtain. Why? Too many loan applications can ruin your credit, and destroy your chances of getting one in the near future. 

I hope this information has proved useful!

Until the next time!