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How to Avoid Paying Outrageous Fees for a Fast Personal Loan

[Feb 20, 2010.]


Often, individuals looking for a fast personal loan are not exactly in a fully logical and calm mind state. This individual may have an urgent car repair, a big tax payment, or rent is due, so the top priority may be to get as much money as fast as possible, and if there's a high price for that speed, so be it.

This approach, while understandable, is not the best way to go about things. Instead, take at least a few moments to explore and realize the important actions that you can take to avoid paying outrageous fees for a fast personal loan.

1. Read Through the Contract

Thanks to more government regulation that's been placed on unscrupulous lenders, there is more disclosure today about how much personal loans actually cost. Especially if you choose an online personal lender, it's pretty easy to get information about how much the loan can cost--


Borrowers who choose to completely ignore the contractual terms of a personal loan may be setting themselves up for an unpleasant borrowing experience. Personal loan contracts are customarily quite short, clear, and to the point--but there is no clarity for those who willfully avert their eyes.

2. Avoid Prepayment Penalties

A major catch, with some personal loans, is that you cannot pay them back early without extra fees being incurred. In cases like these, the lender actually wants the borrower to pay the monthly payment and only the monthly payment, over the life of the loan, because this way, the borrower pays the maximum interest.

This arrangement may be desirable for the lender, but perhaps not for the borrower who just needs a short term loan and then wants to pay off the loan within a few months to avoid more interest and fees.

If that sounds familiar, make sure prepayment penalties are not attached to the personal loan in question. Paying a personal loan back fast is the best way to save money on interest.

3. Compare Personal Lenders Online

Last but certainly not least, it is very important to compare personal lenders online before choosing to go with one lender. Various personal loan companies have different fees and interest rates. One company's set-up may work a lot better than another company's set-up.

But you can't make an informed choice without comparing between the choices. This is very easy to do online--even for those borrowers who are in hurry mode, comparisons are only a click away.


About Author:

Andrew Freiburghouse is a writer and businessman. He has worked as a magazine reporter, tax preparer, screenwriter, copywriter, and loan officer. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1999 with a B.A. in English. Andrew was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles.

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