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A secured personal loan can offer a lot of advantages that you can't get from unsecured loans, and should be one of the first considerations of any would-be borrower. By choosing to secure the loan that you take out, you can save money on the interest rate that you pay and lower your monthly loan payment as well.

Before taking out secured personal loans, however, you should make sure that you understand exactly how the lending process works and what it means to have your loan secured so as to prevent problems down the road.

Defining the Secured Loan

A secured personal loan is a type of personal loan that is given when some property of value is used as collateral to guarantee that the loan will be repaid as you've agreed. If this personal loan is not repaid within the time allowed, then after several collection attempts the lender has the option to take the property instead. Home equity is commonly used as a type of collateral for secured personal loans, but other items of valuable are also used. Other common types of collateral include automobiles, stocks, bonds, and other valuable personal belongings.

Loans and Credit

Secured personal loans are typically available regardless of the borrower's credit history. Good loans are a lot easier to find if you have good credit, but bad credit isn't going to keep you from getting the secured personal loan you desire. Your collateral ensures that you will repay your loan, meaning that potential lenders will be able to offer you lower interest rates that you might not otherwise qualify for.

Securing the Loan

The best secured personal loans come from having the best collateral. Generally, the more valuable the property is that you're using to secure the loan, the better the interest rate and loan terms will be. Higher value items can offset credit problems you've had in the past because you are less likely to risk losing something you've already invested a lot of money in. For many the highest value collateral that they will have access to is home equity, but if you've just moved or already have your home equity tied into another loan then an automobile or other high-value item can also make very good collateral.

Searching for Lenders

Once you've decided on the collateral that you'll use for your loan, it's time to begin searching for lenders. Secured personal loans are fairly common, so be sure to take enough time to look into many different lenders. Check with as many local lenders as you can, then get online and check national lenders and internet-based lending companies as well. Be sure to request quotes from each lender you get in touch with.

After you've finished your initial search, compare the interest rates, terms, and conditions that go with the loan offers you've received from each lender. Consider your repayment period, and think about whether you'd rather pay larger amounts over a short period of time or risk gathering more interest in exchange for a longer series of smaller payments.

Once you've narrowed your choices down to the best secured personal loans for your situation, it's up to you to make the final choice and begin making plans to repay the money that you borrow.


Submitted by:

Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers writes general finance and loan articles for the Loans UK Online website at http://www.loansukonline.co.uk



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