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How to Do Research Before Taking Out a Personal Loan

[May 27, 2009.]


It's always a good idea to learn about a loan before taking out a loan. In the case of unsecured personal loans, doing research is an especially important part of the process, because unsecured personal loan interest rates and terms can vary widely.

Here, then, is a recommended plan for doing some basic research on an unsecured personal loan:

Find Out What the Interest Rate Is, and Then Look for a Better One

Thanks to the power of the Internet, some bad credit personal loans can be had within a matter of minutes. But that doesn't mean a borrower should accept such a loan in a similar time frame.

Instead, note the interest rate on the offered loan, open up another window on the old Internet browser, and shop around. See where the interest rates are best. It may even be worth calling a local real world lender such a bank or credit union.

Just make sure to compare apples to apples. The best interest rate is only one part of a good unsecured personal loan.

Repayment terms are another huge factor. A six month repayment term with flexible payments, for example, may fit certain situations much better than a 12 month repayment term with a fixed payment that must be met every month.

Nevertheless, zeroing in on that interest rate and shopping around is a great start for any aspring personal loan researcher.

What Are Other People Saying?

The power of the Internet is perhaps never so on display as when people share their experiences with other people they've never met. People who have taken out personal loans do a lot of this sharing.

Remember, though, just like comparing apples to apples, that it's often the people who have something negative to say who are the most vocal. Satisfied customers simply go about their lives, satisfied.

Separate hate from legitimate criticism, then, when researching customer views on a particular personal loan company or program.

Look for Ways to Reduce Costs of an Unsecured Personal Loan

Again, it's a matter of knowing what to look for.

Effective ways to reduce costs on an unsecured personal loan include taking out a smaller amount at first, improving one's credit score, and offering collateral in case of personal loan default.

Look into each of these options specifically, while keeping a sharp eye out for other possibilities that may be particular to certain personal loan companies or programs.

Doing proper research can provide a solid foundation for deciding whether or not to take out a personal loan, what size loan to accept, and what company to go with.


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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