Enjoy Cheap Borrowing With a Secured Loan

By: M Imran

If you do not have enough money left at the end of the month, after paying out for your mortgage, insurance policies and household bills, to fund the lifestyle you desire then a personal loan may be for you.

A personal loan can be secured or unsecured. The secured variety offers the best rates and terms because an asset is used to act as collateral against its value. To access such a loan you must be aged between eighteen and eighty years and have an asset with an equity value. Providing this, you will be able to enjoy the many extra benefits that a secured loan has when compared to its unsecured counterpart.

Firstly, there is the low rate of interest, which can be as low as 6 per cent or even less if your circumstances permit. Secondly, terms are flexible, ranging from three to twenty-five years and thirdly large sums of up to ?100,000 may be available. The degree to which you will be able to enjoy these benefits will depend on the value of equity in the asset you offer to secure the loan. If you have a lot of equity in your asset, you will be offered the best rates and terms.

The option to select a long repayment term with a secured loan is helpful if you are on a tight budget, as it keeps monthly instalments down. It is worth noting however that while such a loan is a cheap form of borrowing, it will still cost you. It is prudent to opt for the shortest repayment term achievable to minimise the total interest that you will pay on the loan.

You can apply for your loan online, in person or by phone. The Internet offers a wealth of choice of providers. You can compare deals online and select the one that offers the best rate and terms for your circumstances.

If you have a poor credit rating, so long as you have an asset with a good chunk of equity in, you can benefit from the cheap borrowing secured lending offers. A secured bad credit loan is designed specifically for bad credit borrowers. With such, when compared with standard secured lending the rates and terms are not as favourable but good value deals are available. There is an added bonus too if you are a bad credit borrower, that is if you handle your loan repayments well your credit score will improve.

Perhaps the most important factor to keep in mind when taking out any loan is to ensure that you are realistic about your repayment capability. With a secured loan the lender will be more lenient, say if you cannot meet a repayment one month. However, if you fall too far behind in repayments your lender will have the right to confiscate your asset and sell it on to recover the debt.

Just be sure to plan your finances to ensure there is no doubt that you can afford the repayments. Whilst a shorter term should mean an overall lower cost of borrowing, this will not be the case if you cant afford the higher monthly instalments that come with a shorter term.

To sum-up a secured loan with its low interest rates and flexible terms offers affordable borrowing. If you have an asset of value, you can apply for one and a bad credit history is no barrier.

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