How to Find a Personal Loan
for Poor Credit
Nearly everyone reaches a point in life
at some time or another where he or she is in need of
a personal loan. Emergencies happen, whether they are
due to medical problems, job loss, or other problems
such as divorce or car trouble. For people with very
good credit, these situations do not present much of
a problem, as it is easy for them to secure a quick
loan, either from their bank or their credit card company.
Fast cash is readily at hand for those who have the
means to pay it off, because there is a lot of money
to be made from this section of society.
People with bad credit; however, are not so lucky.
It can be very difficult to find a company willing to
loan money to someone with poor credit, and this usually
just makes the emergency that much worse. Fortunately,
there are companies that cater to this segment of the
population, providing personal loans for poor credit
More often than not, this type of personal loan is
known as an unsecured loan. What this means is that
the borrower has not put up any collateral to secure
the loan, or give the bank or credit union an asset
they can lay claim to in the event the borrower fails
to pay back the loan. Because of this lack of security,
the lender is taking a risk in loaning money to a person
with bad credit, because statistically these loans are
more likely to fall into default. So to make up for
this as a whole, personal loans for poor credit come
with interest rates that are higher than loans made
to people with good credit, or secured loans such as
home equity loans.
One way to get around this is to offer up some sort
of collateral and make the loan a secured loan instead.
These loans are typically a lot simpler to arrange,
and will have much lower interest rates than unsecured
personal loans. If the borrower has any equity in his/her
house, or title to another type of personal property
such as land or a stake in a business, these assets
can be used as collateral for the loan. One thing to
keep in mind is that the asset must have an appraised
value that is greater than the amount being borrowed
for it to qualify as collateral.
The downside to applying for loans of this type is
that they usually have closing costs associated with
them. In most cases, the property that is put up as
collateral must be officially appraised by a professional
before it can be used, and the borrower is usually responsible
for this cost, which can run into the hundreds of dollars.
In addition, other fees are often charged such as document
preparation fees, so borrowers should be prepared to
have to spend money in order to borrow money.
In short, personal loans for bad credit individuals
are available, even if they are more difficult to arrange
and have less generous terms. But by applying for a
secured loan rather than an unsecured loan, the borrower
can mitigate the effects of his/her bad credit and give
the lender more security in the loan, which will in
turn translate into much better payback terms.