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Beginners Guide to Loans

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Everyone at some point in life runs out of money. You need money for a particular thing but you simply don’t have it. This is where loans come in. You can borrow money from someone who has it and use it to fulfill a particular purpose with an agreement to repay later and sometimes at an interest. A loan should always be the last option that you pick because you will end up paying back more than you borrowed.

Loans are categorized into two main categories: secured and unsecured loans. Secured loans require you to deposit some form of security with the bank such as a title deed or your car’s log book. Unsecured loans on the other hand, require no collateral but a high credit rating for the individual borrowing. They, however, attract high interest rates.

Before you take out a loan, take the following into consideration:

Credit score

Most financial institutions need to know your credit score before they can advance you a loan. If you have a bad credit score, you will most likely attract high interest rates or not get any loan at all. Look up your credit score before seeking a loan and if it is bad, refrain from taking a loan until it improves.


Take a loan that you can repay comfortably and still meet your other financial obligations. Also check the fine print to know all the costs associated with the loan including the interest rates and other fees. Do not take a loan that you will struggle repaying.

Understand the loan terms and conditions

Every loan requires repayment so take time to read all the obligations that come with the loan including repayment time, interest type and penalties associated with late repayment or defaulting. It is important to know whether the interest will remain the same throughout the life of the loan or it is likely to change so that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into.