How to Choose the Best Loan for Your Circumstances

Different situations call for different types of loans. It can be a financial minefield trying to work out which one to choose, according to This article will go on to explain what the different types of loans are, to help you select the right one for your needs.

Why Would You Need a Loan?

Different people borrow money for different reasons. Some of the reasons why people borrow money include:

  • To renovate your home.
  • To settle pushing bills.
  • For investments
  • For education purposes
  • To handle emergencies
  • For special events
  • To settle medical bills

 What are the Different Types of Loans?

You can access a wide selection of loans. The most common ones include:

  1. Mortgages– These are loans taken by individuals from lending and building organizations to buy property.
  2. Personal loans– These are loans taken up for personal reasons. You could use the money to settle bills, travel, or finish a project.
  3. Credit card loans are loans offered by banks to their customers to be paid monthly at an interest.
  4. Payday loans– If you need cash to use before your payday, this is the type of loan you take.
  5. Home-equity– For this loan, you can only borrow the amount exceeding your home’s worth after subtracting the total debt owed.
  6. Car loans– This type of personal loan allows you to access a car for personal or business use. You can acquire the car on a lease, through a contract plan, or by hire purchase.

Now, How Do You Choose a Loan to Suit Your Circumstances?

1. Choose the type of loan

The first step in dealing with your situation is choosing the type of loan you want. And this decision goes beyond the types mentioned above of loans.

When choosing the type of loan to take, consider:

  • The type of interest it attracts- Are the interest rates fixed or flexible?
  • The loan duration- How long do you have to pay back the loan?

2. Look out for collateral

Some loans require that you provide collateral to prove your ability to pay. On the other hand, some do not. That is where the secured and unsecured loans come in to play.

  • Unsecured loans are usually for small amounts and short payment periods.
  • Secured loans, on the other hand, could involve more cash and take longer.

3. Your credit score

A credit score is a type of ranking given by a financial organization to rank your ability to repay credit by looking at your financial history. 

With a good credit score, you can enjoy lower interest rates. However, if you have a poor record of repaying your loans, you might end up paying hefty interest rates.

4. Hidden traps

Before you take out a loan, take some time to read through the contract. Look out for any hidden fees.

Also, ask your lender if you can defer your payment if you find yourself in a fix. Inquire if they can deduct the amount directly from your account to avoid excess charges for late payment.

Finally, although some of the most successful businesses thrive on loans, make sure you have a plan to repay your debt, especially if you have interest accruing. So, before you take up a loan, make sure it is right for your own circumstances.



Ashley Macdonald
Ashley has recently joined the FeedsPortal content writing team and brings with her a wealth of journalistic experience, which we believe our readers will find extremely useful.

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