Most people at one time or another will need the assistance of loan, perhaps to make a major purchase such as a car or a holiday of a lifetime, or perhaps even to overcome an emergency financial situation that has arisen. However there are many different types of loan available and they can be quite different in the way that they work. Some are better suited to overcome a short-term financial emergency while others are better suited for other purposes. This article will discuss some of the more popular loan types available, and what they are best used for in order of popularity.
Payday Loans: this type of loan is a short-term emergency loan available for amounts up to £1000. They are called payday loans because the loan is paid back in gull on your next payday. This is by far the most popular type of loan currently available with millions of people resorting to them to overcome their short-term financial problems. The main reason for their growing popularity is the fact that they are quick and easy to arrange (usually paid out the same day you apply), and also very easy to understand, making them an ideal solution when you need some cash very quickly for whatever reason. Also because the lenders charge a flat fee (usually around 20%) you know exactly how much the loan is going to cost you right from the start and because you repay the loan in full on your next payday it does not have an impact on your long-term financial situation.
Guarantor Loans: this type of loan is also becoming more popular because it is designed to help those who do not have a perfect credit history to arrange the finance they need. As such it can be a useful tool to improve your credit rating so long as you maintain regular payments to it. They are available for amounts up to £5,000 and for terms of up to 5 years depending on the loan size. The lenders do not require a credit check on the applicant in the underwriting process, and so long as you are not in an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement), or bankrupt anything else is not really a problem. The lenders are able to offer this type of loan because the repayments are guaranteed by a guarantor (co-signee). The guarantor will need to be a homeowner who is financially stable, with an income of £800 or more between the ages of 23 and 70 years old. They can be used for any purpose and open the finance market for those who would otherwise not be able to arrange a loan.
Secured Loans: with this type of loan the lender will require some form of collateral usually in the form of a second charge on your home, however there are also lenders that will accept your car as security (logbook loans). This type of loan can be arranged for larger loan amounts of up to £100,000, and for terms of up to 25 years. As such are quite often used to consolidate more expensive loans and credit card balances into a cheaper debt consolidation loan, or to fund home improvement. They are usually offered at lower rates as the lender has the collateral to fall back on should you default on the repayments.