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How do I Choose the Best Low Rate Personal Loans?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 19 April 2018
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Personal loans are a great way to obtain financing for various types of projects. In most cases, the funds are not tied to a specific purpose. Since many different financial institutions offer low rate personal loans, you may find it hard to decide just what type of personal loan would be the best for your situation. Here are some things to keep in mind as you evaluate various offerings.

Before you begin your search for the best low rate personal loans, take the time to check your credit reports with the three major credit reporting agencies. Many lenders will check your credit score by consulting at least two of the agencies. Incorrect information on any one of them can negatively impact your ability to obtain the best rates on any personal loan. If possible, take steps to correct any outdated or wrong information on your reports, then begin searching for your ideal loan arrangement.

One of your first decisions to make in regard to the low rate personal loans available to you is whether to go with a secured or unsecured personal loan. Depending on where you live, you may find that a secured loan will allow you to enjoy a slightly lower rate of interest during the life of the loan. This is because the lender incurs less risk when an asset is used to secure the personal loan. However, don’t assume this is always the case. Depending on factors such as competition between lenders and the current status of your credit rating, you may be eligible for several unsecured personal loans that match or even beat the interest rate on a similar secured loan.

Along with the rate, you also want to focus your attention on the terms and conditions that govern any low rate personal loans you consider. Look closely at how interest is applied to the loan balance; is this done annually, semiannually, or on some other type of schedule? What protections do you have in the event that you should fall behind on a payment? Are there any hidden fees that would drive up the overall cost for the loan? Read the fine print of the terms and make sure you can live with them before you sign anything.

While you compare the terms of the best low rate personal loans that come your way, also look for any indications of penalties for early payoff. While this is rarely the case these days, some lenders will actually charge a penalty if you pay off the loan early. Turn down those offers and focus your attention on low rate personal loans that reward you for retiring the debt ahead of time. Assuming you can double up on payments and retire the loan earlier, this would mean you actually save even more money on that low interest loan.

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