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Personal loans are the fastest way to obtain that extra money that you need, but there are many things you will want to consider before making the decision of applying for a personal loan. Personal loans can be secured or unsecured. Secured personal loans require an asset in order to be put as collateral. This guarantee assures the lender that if you fail to meet the monthly payments he will be able to collect his money from the amount obtained from the sell of your property. Consequently, due to the reduced risk, you will be able to get a higher amount at lower rates with longer repayment periods.

Unsecured loans do not require collateral but, on the other hand and due to the higher risk involved for the lender, the interest rates are higher, the loan amounts smaller and the repayment period length shorter. This is due to the fact that there is no asset guaranteeing the loan, and thus, the lender is taking a bigger risk so he needs to cover himself from such a risk by increasing the interest rate charged and reducing his exposure by lowering the loan amount and shortening the loan’s length.

There are some tips that you should take into account before applying for a loan, these are essential if you want your lending experience to be safe and sound. Follow them carefully and you will be able to get approved without hassles for the best deal available on a personal loan.

Amount of Money to Request

You should not apply for a loan amount higher than your financial needs, you may be tempted to increase the amount due to accessory and unnecessary desires but you should refrain from doing so as it will compromise your ability to repay. Even if your income would allow higher sums, make sure the loan amount is small enough so the monthly payments will not leave you without extra cash by the end of the month.

Amount of Monthly Payments

Monthly payments should not exceed 10% of your overall monthly income. You must also consider which of your monthly expenditures are necessary and which you might be able to sacrifice if your income is reduced.


Make sure that your need for cash is critical; otherwise consider trying to save money so you do not need to apply for large amounts. Maybe you could even save enough to request only a small personal loan.

You should always do your research before choosing a lender, there are many online lenders that you can consult in order to request quotes and compare rates and other loan terms. Do not hesitate to ask questions, lenders are prepared to answer all kind of questions regarding your loan and you need to be informed before making a conscious decision.

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