Personal Loans - Secured Loans for Maximum Benefits

By: Angelo Drew

Personal loans are the only loans that touch most lives, as they provide credit assistance for a wide range of the personal needs - for varied business requirements; to recover from a bad credit situation; for education and career development objectives; to renovate the home; for medical and beauty treatments; to consolidate multiple debts; for new or used car purchase; to cover vacation and holiday season expenses; and for endless wedding expenses.

Industry report reveals that preference for secured loans is on a rise in the UK financial market - even for small monetary requirements - as they are much cheaper than other credit options like unsecured loans and payment cards (credit cards, store cards, charge cards and overdrafts). Borrowers are gradually realising that unsecured debts prove to be more costly because they have high interest rates, and that secured debts are the most cost-effective way to thrash financial problems.

Secured personal loans, as the name suggests, can only be availed by those loan seekers who are willing to pledge an asset (like home) as collateral against the loan amount. Collateral protects the lender's investment, and thus makes it easy for him to part with his money and facilitate the loan seeker with favourable loan terms and conditions like:

  • Quick attention - as secured deals are safe for the lenders

  • High credit limit - typical range is ?5,000 and ?250,000

  • Competitive low APR - typical range is 6.7% to 19.9%

  • Variety of rate plans - fixed, variable, discounted, capped and flexible

  • Different repayment methods - capital, interest only, and partly interest and partly capital

  • Negotiable loan terms and conditions - deferred payment up to 6 months, repayment holiday and accelerated repayment

    Please note: Irrespective of the reasons, repeated defaults or non-payment can lead to repossession of the pledged collateral to recover the loaned amount. But, the borrower can easily take care of the risks by paying his EMI's (Equal Monthly Instalments = Principle + Interest) as decided, and by choosing a suitable repayment plan on the basis of his payback capacity and future plans.

    Ideal for big monetary requirements, secured type of personal loans are the best option for adverse credit holders and probably the only alternative for people who have been denied unsecured credit.

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