September 30, 2016

What you Should Know Before Taking a Loan

Models Showing a Loan Application in Photo

People take loans for various reasons, like purchasing costly items or refinancing a debt. It is very important to ask the right questions so you know what kind of loan that will be appropriate for your situation. Taking on a loan is a big responsibility as you are committing yourself to repay the money plus interest within a set period of time. Borrowing money will surely affect your finances in the future and hence before you sign on taking a loan you should ensure that you are aware of the following:
1. Your Credit Score
You should consider your credit score before applying for a loan since it will affect your ability to get another loan and how much it will cost you. If your credit score is very low it is advisable that you try and raise it before you apply for a personal loan. To raise your credit score you need to pay off previous loans, make time on your payments and also removing incorrect data from your credit report.
2. Is the loan secured?
Some loans require you to put up security. Meaning that you have to pledge your assets as guarantee for the loan and in case you default the lending organization can seize the asset. Car loans and mortgage loans are usually secured loans while most personal loans are not secured but it is advisable that you ask to be sure.
3. The Loan Application Process
It is important that you get clear details on how long it will take for your loan to be approved, what is needed of you to do to get approved, and how long the lending institution will take before it pays you the money you are borrowing.
4. Requirements to Get the Loan
For some loans, just stating your salary and providing your credit score is considered enough. However others require you to provide copies of your bank statements and tax returns so as to prove the assets you have and how much you make.
5. Application Fee
Some loans require you to pay a fee to apply. It is very important that you know this upfront so that you have an opportunity to compare various loans from various lenders and find the best one that applies for your situation and also to be prepared to make the payment if you opt for that loan.
6. Interest Rate
The interest rate is often stated in the terms of APR although not always. It indicates how much you are charged to borrow the money and the total that is expected from you. A steep interest rate means that the loan will cost you much more. Mortgage loans and student loans have relatively lower interest rate compared to personal loans.
7. Repayment Period
Knowing the amount of time you have to pay the loan is key. If the repayment period is shorter, the monthly payments will be higher as you have less time for you to pay off the loan. A longer repayment period makes lower monthly payments but longer period of paying interest and hence a higher cost of loan at the end.
8. Limitations in the Usage of the Loan Money
Some loans such as car loans, mortgage and students you can only use them for specific things but for most personal loans you use the money as you want. It is important to know if the loan you are taking has any limitations.
9. Consequences in Case of Default
You need to find out the penalties for late payments and the repercussions in case the worst happens and you cannot make to pay the loan.
A loan is a big help in realizing your goals but it is very important to look at them realistically. You have to understand the ins and outs of the loan you are about to take and have a solid repayment plan because they are key in being able to manage your debts.

9 Comments on “What you Should Know Before Taking a Loan

levine wanyama
January 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm

I request for a loan of Ksh. 1000. i will repay within a month. I really need the cash urgently. Please help.

Andrew kariuki
September 1, 2018 at 12:13 am

iwant aloan of 1000kshs iwill pay wth 30dys plz send it to my phone no 0718036241

jacton kathoka
April 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Am kindly requesting a loan o f 2000 and pay in one month

Rahab Wanjira Ndaru
March 9, 2018 at 9:04 am

hello, i would like to borrow loan of 10,000ksh which i can repay in 3months. i really need the cash urgently please help.

john kiptum kirwa
November 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm

i request a loan of 5,000 which i will in 5 months

Joan wanjiru
April 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Whats the interest rate

Joan wanjiru
April 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm

OK I understand

November 24, 2016 at 11:33 am


Siad adeec
April 13, 2017 at 5:27 am

I want to get loan of 3000ksh which i will pay a 45 days.send me to my phone 0728905490


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