Getting a personal loan is not really a sign of inability to manage finances. Sometimes, financial drawbacks can happen and it is not really because you are a spendthrift. Factors such as economic setbacks, delayed salaries, medical emergencies, or other emergencies, can affect one’s daily or weekly spending power. Such situation may force one to take on credit to augment the cash on hand. There is no shortage of banks where one can apply for a loan from but a few reminders might be wise to take, especially for first-timers in the loan department.
1. Always do your research.
It is not advisable to take the first offer you are given such as a pre-approved credit card. You might end up being charged with very high interest rates. It is the same thing when it comes to personal loans. If you are not well-informed of a lender’s underwriting guidelines, you might end up taking the wrong offer. The good thing is, almost all banks have websites these days that you can check out to read about their offers. You do not even have to personally visit your lender’s office; you can just check out their website and do your research online.
2. Find out the amount of loan you can actually pay for.
Now that you are armed with your research, try figuring out how much you can actually pay. Consider the interest rate and the length of time you will take to pay for the loan. If you take a payment option that is longer, you will be paying for higher interest rates. A shorter payment option might be a better choice provided you can pay for the given amount at a given time. That is, although a shorter payment period means less interest to pay for, it will also mean a higher amount to pay for each month or week, whatever your arrangement may be.
3. Know what type of interest you are taking.
Any good bank will inform you about the interest for the loan you are applying for. There are generally two types of interest rates, namely, fixed interest rate and variable interest rate. It is a fixed interest rate if it is higher compared with the actual loan you take, only that the amount you pay every month is still the same. If it is a variable interest rate, it is lower compared to the actual amount of the loan only that as the interest rate varies the loan payments adjust with it.