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Personal Loans Work Best When:

[Dec 28, 2009.]


People take out personal loans for various reasons--to pay income taxes, for car repair, to consolidate credit card debt, and there are more. But despite the different reasons for taking out an unsecured personal loan, this product generally tends to works best when the following universal criteria are met.

1. Borrowers Look at More Than One Lender

When a borrower needs money now, the temptation is to go for the first personal loan that presents itself. This is not the best way to evaluate personal loan offers.

Instead, investigate at least three personal lenders and compare them to each other. Comparison areas include interest rate, repayment schedule, and reputation with consumers. To find information for this last criterion, reputation with consumers, you can search by the lender's name and "consumer reviews" through Google. It is always worthwhile to hear what other consumers are saying.

2. The Plan Is to Repay the Personal Loan

It may sound ridiculous to assert that people who take out a personal loan should plan on paying it back, but such is the deteriorated condition of the borrower-lender relationship in today's America. There are definitely more than a few folks running around thinking that it's fine and dandy to take out loans and then not worry so much about paying them back.

This group may think that they can "modify" their loan at a later date, get government assistance to pay back their loan, or just forget the whole repayment thing because the personal loan is unsecured and the lender has nothing to take in the event of default.

Besides the immorality of this approach, it's important to realize that personal lenders communicate amongst themselves, so not planning to repay a personal loan is a great way to never get a personal loan again.

3. Debt Consolidation Loan? Cancel Those Credit Cards!

Often, borrowers take out an unsecured personal loan in order to pay off credit card debt. This is a fantastic strategy and probably the #1 reason overall to take out an online personal loan.

However, actually canceling the credit cards that were paid off with a personal loan can sometimes...well, sometimes that doesn't happen.

And then...well, the credit cards are used again, once the personal loan is used up.

Now the whole purpose of the personal loan--getting debt under control--has been completely negated.

Borrowers employing an unsecured personal loan for the purpose of paying off credit card debt are well-advised to get out a pair of scissors and cut those credit cards into pieces ASAP.


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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