Are you short on money? Then a consumer loan (also called a private loan or personal loan) could be a possibility for you. But before you raise a loan, there are a couple of things, you should know; things like interest rate, security and fees.
A personal loan is defined as a loan rose by an individual. Normally it is raised to buy something (like a vacation or a television). But it can also be used to pay of other dept. You should not compare private loans with mortgage loans, which are used to pay for houses.
Normally you raise a loan in your bank or at an individual lender. A private loan is normally paid back after everything from half a year to five years (compared to the 20 to 30 years for a mortgage loan).
The cheapest kinds of loans are secured loans. Because the lender has security in some kind of asset (like a house or a car) they do not have to take a big risk. If you fail to pay your loan, your debt will be settles against the security asset; and your risk losing your house or car.
If you cannot (or do not want to) supply any kind of security asset, you should raise an unsecured loan. In this case you will not lose your car or house, if you cannot pay. The lender takes a big risk with this kind of loan, so it is normally much more expensive. And it can be very difficult to raise a unsecured loan, if you have a bad credit history or if you are unemployed.
The rate is an important factor to consider before raising a loan. There is a lot of money to save by doing a little investigating on the internet. You can also try to play off one bank against another to get them to lower the rate.
It is a good idea to pay back the loan as fast as possible. The longer time it takes, the higher the interest rate will be. And do not borrow more than you need, because the higher amount, the higher rate.
The total price of the loans is not only based on the interest rate. The loan charge will be another important part. And while the interest rate depends on the amount, the charge will normally be the same no matter how much you are borrowing. So rise on large loan instead of several small ones.