The lifestyle that most people wish to live today can chomp off a major chunk of money from our pockets. This leaves a very tiny sliver of savings which by principle, we must always assign to our retirement/emergency fund. Now come the unexpected financial requirements. Of course, you can not run to the emergency fund for everything, so now you get introduced to personal loans. An unsecured credit option that you can pay over a fixed amount of time at affordable interest rates. Getting a personal loan has become much easier than it was a couple of years ago. A huge part of this ease can be attributed to online portals and lenders. But along with being easily accessible, personal loans can be tricky if you don’t know them well. Here are a few things that you need to consider before you get a personal loan-
Although there are many types of interest rates in the market today. The major thing to go through while applying for a personal loan is to check whether the interest rate is fixed or variable. A fixed interest rate is one that remains constant throughout the loan tenure and a variable rate is one that changes (increases or decreases) according to the ongoing index value.
The interest is not the only fees that are charged in a loan. There are additional charges that you are supposed to pay when you get a loan.
⇒ Processing Fee- Paid when the loan is being processed.
⇒ Late Fee- Paid when your monthly payment is delayed
⇒ Prepayment Fee- Paid when you choose to pay the loan amount before the decided tenure.
Your credit score is what determines whether or not you are eligible for a loan. Not only this, but it also determines the interest rate that you shall be charged on your loan. Hence, you need to check your credit score before you apply for a loan. Also, recheck your report for errors and get them rectified in order to get a clear picture of your credit score is crucial.
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One needs to consider the overall cost that the personal loan incurs on your pocket. Including the interest and the additional fee. If the requirement that you have today is not worth the overall cost, maybe it is not the wisest decision to take a personal loan. See if those needs can be satiated by other means, for example, a credit card.
They say that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. But in the case of a personal loan, kissing the frogs can lead to a problem called the hard inquiry. Hence, you should look at multiple offers before choosing your lender by only apply to the ones you feel you will get approved on and can commit to.
The personal loan that you take today is going to be a mouth to fill from your own pocket. Before you get into the loan game, you need to analyze your current financial situation and understand the impact that the loan EMI will have on your existing budget and money requirements.
So these are the things that you must consider before you get a personal loan. If you keep these things in mind, you will never go wrong while borrowing money. Also, if you choose to get a personal loan, make sure you maintain the account diligently so as to improve your credit score. If you have any other questions that you have regarding personal loans, please do let us know in the comment section below. Until next time!
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