If you're in the market for a loan, you might want to consider looking into getting a secured loan.
A secured loan is one that uses some piece of physical property, known as collateral, to provide security to the lender and guarantee that the loan will be repaid.
There are several different types of lenders from which you can receive a secured loan, and each tends to have its own advantages and disadvantages.
Before deciding on a loan, you should take the time to investigate your options and see if a secured loan from a traditional or alternative lender might be right for you.
When most people think of loans, they think of loans that are issued by a traditional bank in their local area. Many of the bank loans that might come to mind are actually one form of secured loan or another… even a mortgage or auto financing loan uses the purchased item as collateral.
Banks offer the convenience of a secured loan issued from an institution where you already have savings or chequing accounts, but may tend to be more selective and have more fluctuating interest rates depending upon the local economy and your personal credit history.
Loans from Finance Companies
Finance companies and other lending companies tend to focus completely on loans… there's a good chance that the loan that they offer is going to be a secured loan, but they usually boast a much higher acceptance rate than traditional banks especially for those individuals who have had credit problems in the past.
Unfortunately, many finance companies and similar lenders tend to charge higher interest rates than traditional banks or online lenders… after all, their sole business is lending and they use interest rates to make all of their profit off of the loans.
When compared to traditional banks or finance companies, online lenders are newcomers to the loan industry. The number of consumers who use online lenders grows every year, though, so they must be doing something right.
Online lenders offer the convenience of applying for a secured loan from the privacy and security of your own home, 24 hours a day… and usually offer interest rates to a wide variety of individuals from all credit levels that are at least comparable to those of banks with appropriate collateral.
The main drawback to using online lenders is the lack of interpersonal contact or “face time” that you would get from going to a bank or finance company.
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About The Author
John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help homeowners find the best available loans via the http://www.directonlineloans.co.uk website.