How To Choose Commercial Loans

Discover the “Forgotten” SBA Program Worthy of another Look

Much has been written on these pages in the past two years about a little understood and even less used commercial real estate loan program called the 504. As our lending firm was the first and is still the only nationwide commercial lender to exclusively focus on only this loan product, I’d like to succinctly put to rest some of the more common misconceptions about this terrific loan product. Rather than waste anymore ink, let’s get right to issue at hand . . .

Who Uses It?

The 504 loan is for commercial property owner-users. It is not an investment real estate loan product per se. Borrowers of 504 loans must occupy at least a simple majority (or no less than 51%) of the commercial property within the next year in order to qualify. Two operating companies can come together to form an Eligible Passive Concern (EPC) (otherwise known as a Real Estate Holding Company, typically as an LLC or LP), however, to take title to the commercial property. In other words, a 504 loan doesn’t have to be just one small business owner purchasing his commercial property. It could be a physician and an accountant each utilizing 3,000 square feet in a 10,000 square feet office building (at 6,000 total square feet in their LLC, they would occupy 60% and be eligible) for example. Additionally, at least 51% of the total ownership of the Operating company(ies) and EPC must be comprised of U.S. citizens or resident legal aliens (those considered to be Legal Permanent Residents) to qualify.

There are no revenue restrictions or ceilings for 504 loans, but there are three financial eligibility standards unique to them: operating company(ies’) tangible business net worth cannot exceed $7 million; operating company(ies’) net income cannot average more than $2.5 million during the previous two calendar years; and the guarantors/principals’ personal, non-retirement, unencumbered liquid assets cannot exceed the proposed project size. These three criteria usually do not disqualify the typical, privately-held small to mid-sized business owner; only the absolute largest ones get tripped-up on these. Last fiscal year (October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005), nearly 8,000 business owners used 504 loans for over $11 billion in total project costs representing a recent five-year growth rate in the program of 22% year-over-year.

Why Use It?

These loans are structured with a conventional mortgage (or first trust-deed) for 50 percent of the total project costs (inclusive of: land and existing building; hard construction/renovation costs; furniture, fixtures and equipment [FF&E]; soft costs; and closing costs) combined with a government-guaranteed bond for 40 percent. The remaining 10 percent is the borrowers’ equity and is usually a third to half as much as traditional lenders require. This lower equity requirement lowers the risk for small business owners as opposed to lowering a lender’s risk profile with more capital injected into the project like with ordinary commercial lending. It also allows the small business owner to better utilize their hard-earned capital, while still getting all of the wealth-creating benefits commercial property ownership provides.

Unlike most commercial bank deals, these loans are meant to finance total project costs as opposed to a percentage of the appraised value or purchase price, whichever is less. The first mortgage (or trust-deed) is typically a fully amortizing, 25-year term at market rates, while the second mortgage (or trust-deed) is a 20-year term, but with the interest rate fixed for the entire time at below-market rates. The second mortgage (trust-deed) on 504 loans is guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is, contrary to popular belief about SBA loan programs, the cheapest money available for typical small business owners. For most of the past two years, the SBA bond rate hovered near six percent fixed for 20 years, which is an incredible deal for any small to mid-sized business owner and very tough to beat. Not only do these loans provide better cash flow for borrowers (by borrowing at better rates and terms), but they also provide the highest cash-on-cash return available in the commercial-mortgage industry which is a financial metric used by most successful real estate investors. Furthermore, these loans are assumable should borrowers decide to sell their property in the future, but a better strategy for most small business owners would be to sell their operating company while keeping their EPC and cashing rent checks long into their retirement.

Why You May Not Know Much about These Loans?

Many bankers and brokers don’t like to offer 504’s because they fundamentally are smaller loan amounts for the bank (typically only 50% first mortgages or trust-deeds versus the common 80%), which means a banker has to work that much harder to bring in more assets and the smaller loan amounts also hit the typical commercial loan officer right in the pocketbook. They would rather discuss the SBA’s more notorious 7(a) loan program, which has a well-established, if not egregiously well-paying secondary market (due to Prime-based, floating rate pricing) already in place, when the issue of low down-payment commercial loans comes up. When you couple those two reasons with the fact that these 504 loans take more effort and skill only on the part of the lender, it’s no wonder this loan product has only recently started to catch fire in the marketplace.

So what are Some Common Questions about These Loans?

Isn’t There Tons of Paperwork Involved?

This was certainly the case years ago, but it is no more. With the advent of more and more specialty lenders and the recent focus on streamlining the SBA application process, 504 loans are no more involved than most ordinary commercial loans. While the documentation is specific and detailed, most small business owners are ably organized and prepared when the alternative is to pay two to three points higher in interest rates with no documentation or stated income commercial loans.

Aren’t There Extra Fees Involved?

When all closing costs are considered, 504 loans usually average about 25 to 50 basis points more in total loan fees on an average sized transaction. With stronger borrowers (i.e. better debt service coverage ratios [DSCR], higher personal liquidity, and/or better personal credit scores), these fees can usually be negotiated lower. Most small business owners utilizing 504 loans are willing to pay slightly higher fees, however, in order to receive longer-term, below-market fixed interest rates on nearly half of their deal, while receiving the highest cash-on-cash return from their property. This is exactly the reason my business partner and I chose a 504 loan when plenty of alternatives were available to us. That’s right – we actually have a 504 loan and have been in the shoes of 504 loan borrowers, so I have first-hand experience of using the loan product that we offer.

Don’t These Loans Take 3 or 4 Months to Close?

This is another old relic of the past regarding these SBA loans. Our quickest 504 loan to date took only 35 days from the first phone call to the closing table, and the commercial appraiser ate-up most of those days while we waited. We’ve done countless others in much less than the typical 60 day commercial real estate contract. If a lender claims they need nearly four months to fund a 504 loan, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. Twenty-four to forty-eight hour pre-approvals and four or five-day commitments are becoming the norm with most specialized SBA lenders.

Aren’t These Loans for Start-ups or Low DSCR Borrowers?

Plenty of 504 loans are approved with start-up borrowers and/or borrowers that don’t have DSCR’s greater than 1.25 times. While it is true that most 504 loans are for more credit-worthy (usually bankable) borrowers, this is not a necessary condition. Frequently, 504 loan borrowers with lots of experience in a given industry, but no actual ownership experience, will have an easier time securing a 504 loan than a conventional bank loan. Projections-based deals and franchised deals are often great candidates for 504 loans when the project involves commercial property. There are other SBA loan programs that may be a better fit for pure start-ups, as 504 loans do not allow for the financing of working capital, but those other SBA loans can often be used in conjunction with SBA 504 loans.

Doesn’t a Borrower have to Pledge their House as Collateral?

Only some lenders require this for 504 loans, and it is increasingly rare. Other SBA loans, on the other hand, must be “fully collateralized” in order to maintain their government-guarantee which is where this generalization comes from. Most 504 loans only secure the commercial property and/or equipment that are financed as part of the 504 loan project.

What if a Borrower has a “Checkered Past”?

Misdemeanors and/or felonies are not in and of themselves, reasons to disqualify someone from getting a 504 loan. There is an added process that often lengthens the time to closing, but the SBA usually approves borrowers with misdemeanors or borrowers with felonies that occurred in the distant past. Defaulting on previous government-guaranteed financing, however, will preclude someone from securing a 504 loan or any other SBA loan. Personal bankruptcies that occurred more than seven years ago usually will not prevent a 504 loan approval, assuming the present-day underwriting variables look promising, but more current bankruptcies are examined subjectively and frequently won’t be approved.

How do you determine who to Call for a 504 Loan?

If you visit a lender’s website to do some due diligence on them, make sure they at least list and/or mention 504 loans, as a means by which you might gauge their competency with these loans. Any lender can say they do 504 loans, but it is far better to work with those that can demonstrate their past experiences with the product, as well as detail their commitment to it on a go-forward basis. Like most things delivered better by specialists, it isn’t usually a question of if a regular lender can provide a 504 loan; it is a question of how well they can provide it. Choose wisely.

 

Student Loan Versus Private Loan Consolidation

Student loan consolidation can be used by student or parent borrowers to combine their multiple education loans into one loan with one monthly payment. As any student can take either federal or private student loans, he or she can also take a federal or private consolidation loan to make the education debt more manageable.

Both federal and private student loans offer significant benefits, but federal loans offer borrowers many benefits that don’t come with private loans; for instance: low fixed interest rates, income-based repayment plans, loan forgiveness and deferment options. While some private lenders may offer them too, it usually is associated with some strings attached.

For those reasons, every borrower should always exhaust federal student loans options before considering a private loan. The same advice applies to consolidating student loans – always look at federal consolidation loan first and only if you don’t qualify for a federal loan of it is not the right choice for any reason, and then seek a private consolidation loan.

It is important to remember that a federal student consolidation loan can’t include any private loan. Moreover, if you consolidate your federal student loan into a private consolidation loan, you will lose your federal borrower benefits mentioned above (unless you private lender tries hard to get your business and includes them in the offer).

There are important differences between federal and private student loan consolidation.

First of all, with federal student loan consolidation, you will have a fixed interest rate, while private student loan consolidations are credit-based, which means that your consolidation loan rate will not be locked – it will be variable. So, while you will not have to go through credit check in order to apply for a federal consolidation loan, you will need it to secure a private consolidation loan.

Student loan consolidation rates are determined differently for federal and private consolidations. The interest rates for federal loans are set according to a formula established by federal statue. It’s a fixed rate, based on the weighted average of the interest rates on each of your loans at the time you consolidate, rounded up to the nearest 1/8th of a percent and capped at 8.25%.

As private student loans are not funded by the federal government, they are subject to the terms determined by each individual lender (bank, credit union, other financial institution) and the market competition. In private student consolidation loans a borrower’s credit is the primary factor in the variable interest rate offered to the borrower. As the base for setting the consolidation loan interest rate, the private lenders most often use the Prime rate or the 3-month LIBOR Rate, to which they add a margin. That margin varies from lender to lender and is applied according to the borrower’s credit rating.

With regards to the interest rate on the consolidation loan, it’s typical for both federal and private consolidation loan to include 0.25% rate reduction for automated debit payments.

Repayment of federal student consolidation loans begins within 60 days of the disbursement of the loan, with the payback term ranging from 10 to 30 years, depending on the amount of education debt being repaid and on other debts owned, as well as on the repayment option chosen by the borrower. Private student consolidation loans can also have repayment terms of up to 30 years, although they have fewer repayment options. Usually, repayment begins 30 days from the time your private student consolidation loan is funded.

While the most important factors looked at when deciding about how to consolidate student loans are the interest rates, borrower benefits and the terms of repayment, there are also other significant factors, such as: fees or cost to consolidate, prepayment penalties, loan amount limits, customer service, etc.

There are no fees or application costs whatsoever for processing and providing a federal student consolidation loan. It’s against the law to ask for advance (up-front) fees for arranging a federal education loan or consolidating federal education loans. However, some federal education loans (e.g. the Stafford and PLUS Loans) may require some fees, but they are always deducted from the disbursement check. On the other hand, private lenders may charge fees for application and processing private consolidation loans. Some private lenders charge fees as high as 4% of the principal you owe.

Federal consolidation loan programs don’t require a minimum balance to consolidate student loans; some private lenders require a minimum balance before they consider a borrower’s application for consolidation. That amount varies from lender to lender, but usually is between $5,000-$7,500 in US-issued private education loans.

With both federal private consolidations, there are no penalties for prepayment – all payments in excess of scheduled payments will go directly to principal and that will help to repay your consolidation loan faster.

The application process for consolidation of private student loans differs from the federal consolidation. Sometimes application for private consolidation loans may be easier to complete (often done online or over the phone). However, it’s worth remembering that federal loans usually have lower interest rates, borrower benefits and better repayment terms than private student loans. Moreover, federal applications for both original loans and consolidation loans require FAFSA, so with the federal consolidation, your application is already partly completed.

 

How To Choose Home Loan

When you are looking around to choose a home loan, it can be helpful for you to use a “Home Loan Checklist”. It will help you make a decision that will suit your needs and circumstances. You can use the checklist for any purpose, including:

>> Buying your first home;

>> Refinancing your existing mortgage;

>> Consolidating your debts

>> Cash out/equity release;

>> Buying an investment property;

>> Constructing your new home; or

>> Upgrading or renovating your existing home.

You can also use the checklist to avoid applying for loans that don’t suit your particular needs or circumstances.

Ask your Lender/Credit Provider for a copy of their Key Facts Sheet

While doing your research, the best way to compare home loans is to ask different lenders/credit providers for a copy of their “Key Facts” sheet because it will tell you:

>> The total amount to be paid back over the life of loan;

>> The repayment amounts and payment options;

>> The fees and charges payable; and

>> The comparison rate which will help you check the total cost of a home loan against other home loans.

What is Included in the Home Loan Checklist?

Here is a list of things you should look out for before you sign up and which are included in the Home Loan Checklist.

1. INTEREST RATES

This is where you need to know details of the interest rate percentage (%) charged by lenders/credit providers for any of the following home loan options, including the comparison rate:

Variable Interest Rate Home Loan

With this option, the interest rate increases or decreases in accordance with the rates in the marketplace.

Fixed Interest Rate Home Loan

With this option, you may elect to fix (lock-in) an interest rate typically for 1 to 5 years.

Split Loan (Combined Variable/Fixed Interest Rate) Home Loan

This option allows you greater flexibility because you may elect to divide your loan into a number of splits. For example:

>> You can arrange for one split loan as a variable interest rate; and

>> You can arrange for another split as a fixed interest rate.

Introductory (Honeymoon) Interest Rate Home Loan

At the start of a new loan, you may be offered an interest rate for an introductory or honeymoon period which is usually at a lower rate. However, at the end of the honeymoon period, the loan will eventually revert back to a standard variable rate.

Comparison Rate

You need to check the Key Facts sheet for comparison rates. As the comparison rates will help you to easily compare the total cost of loan against other loans, including:

>> Interest rates;

>> Application fees (sometimes also called the establishment, set up or upfront fees); and

>> Ongoing fees.

2. REPAYMENT OPTIONS

This is where you need to know what repayment options are available to you including:

Additional Repayments

You need to know if you can make additional repayments which are in addition to your normal minimum monthly repayments.

Redraw Facility

You need to check the Key Facts sheet to find out if you can make extra lump sum repayments over and above your contracted loan repayments. You will also have to check whether you can then redraw (withdraw) these extra funds from your loan when you want them. You may find that in some cases, lenders/credit providers may not release your redraw funds when you want them.

Paying Weekly or Fortnightly

You need to know if you can select weekly or fortnightly repayments as it will enable you to repay (pay off) your loan sooner.

3. FEES and CHARGES

To help you work out the true cost of a home loan, you need to know the details of any fees and charges that may be charged including:

Application Fee

It is also called establishment, setup or upfront fees. You need to know details of the application fee charged by lenders/credit providers which covers or partially covers their costs of setting up or establishing loan.

Exit Fees

It will help you to know if your current lender/credit provider will charge an exit fee for the early pay out of your loan, and if so, how much you will be charged.

Break Costs

It will help you know if your lender/credit provider will charge a break fee for ending a fixed rate contract before the fixed rate expires, and if so, how much you will be charged.

Ongoing Fees

You need to know details of any ongoing account keeping fees that the lenders/credit providers will charge against your loan (i.e. these are usually charged monthly).

Additional Charges

You need to know if there are any additional charges to be made against loan, and if so, you need to know whether you can pay these fees upfront or have the fees added to your loan.

Finding a suitable home loan that suits your needs is a major financial decision. So, don’t rush into anything too quickly. Always remember that while you are shopping around for a suitable home loan, do your research and review the Key Facts sheet closely before you sign up for loan.

Seek Expert and Professional Advice

So, now that you have a basic understanding of why a home loan checklist is important, you should also consider seeking help from a professionally qualified finance broker. He/she will help you to create a personalized home loan checklist. He/she will save you lots of valuable time running around on your own and assist you in determining which potential lender/credit provider best meets your needs and circumstances.

 

Things About Auto Loan You Should Know

Often while purchasing a new car, obtaining an auto loan that is equal to the value of your car can be tricky. The whole point of applying for a loan is to ease the financial burden in acquiring your new car. Therefore, it is best when the maximum amount of your cost is covered through the loan. Therefore, any auto loan with an impressive loan-to-value percentage is sought after.

So, what is loan-to-value percentage and how does it work?

Technically, a loan-to-value percentage is the amount of the loan financed, relative to the value of the car. It is usually calculated by dividing the loan amount by the current value of the vehicle.

Under an ideal scenario, the loan-to-value percentage is below 100%. However, on a situational basis, lenders can extend loans up to 150% of the value of the car. For instance, assume you want to buy a car worth $50,000 and the loan-to-value percentage on the auto loan is 120%. It indicates that you still have $10,000 to spend on other expenses while you can easily cover the cost of your new car.

A lower loan-to-value percentage means a lower risk for the lender. However, there are a few ways to obtain a loan-to-value percentage which is higher than the value of the car you want to purchase.

What should you keep in mind to obtain a Higher Loan-To-Value Percentage?

· A Clean Credit History

A squeaky clean credit history is by far the most essential factor in not only getting an auto loan, but also getting higher loan-to-value percentage. Without a good credit history, accessing an auto loan can be difficult and it might cost you a tad bit more. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain a good credit record as it is exceedingly important in acquiring a higher loan-to-value percentage.

· Type of Car

Whether you are buying a new car or a used car, your repayment options and loan-to-value percentage can greatly vary. Surely, buying a new car has its own set of benefits as you are backed by a warranty for a few years. Additionally, the loan-to-value percentage on used cars may not be absolute as against new cars. Therefore, an auto loan for a newer car can cover your loan completely and in some cases even extend it to an amount more than the cost of the car that you want to purchase.

· Steady Income

The primary criterion for qualifying for an auto loan includes a steady income. For any lender, a steady income stands as proof that you are capable of repaying the loan amount in the given time period. Usually, lenders ask for payment stubs or bank statements to validate your income. With a steady income of the past few years, obtaining a higher loan-to-value percentage is possible.

Taking the above points into consideration, you get a clearer picture on how a loan-to-value percentage on an auto loan works and the factors you should consider so that you can bargain for a higher amount on your auto loan. Always carry out an extensive research and read the loan agreement meticulously before you decide on choosing an auto loan.

 

Benefit of Auto Loan

Do you remember the pain of abandoning your dream car because you couldn’t get an auto loan approval? It is hard to let go the dream of buying your favorite car. However, times have changed with the easy availability of a pre-approved auto loan.

With a pre-approved auto loan, you can get a clear picture of the approved loan amount. Also, the lender will give you assurance of paying money as and when required. It means that the loan program will make car buying process a piece of cake for you.

Eligibility Criteria for a Pre-Approved Auto Loan

You need to submit your financial documents to the lender. He will examine your credit ratings and banking activities in detail. After inspecting your financial situation, he will provide you with an approved loan amount for buying a car.

Why opt for a Pre-Approved Auto Loan?

The following points justify why one should opt for a pre-approved auto loan rather than applying for a traditional loan:

· Car Buying Process becomes Clear

After the lender assesses your credit ratings and banking details, you will get a clear idea of the maximum loan amount that he is ready to lend you. It makes choosing a car simple and clear. If your credit ratings are good and the lender approves you for a higher loan amount, you can buy your dream car.

On the other hand, if you apply for a traditional loan, you will have to choose the car first and then apply for an auto loan. And, if your credit ratings are not good, the lender may reject your loan application.

· It saves Time

What if the lender approves for a lower loan amount than you expected? Don’t worry! You can spend time in arranging money for the down payment amount. Applying for a pre-approved auto loan gives you adequate time for taking care of issues such as the down payment amount and the co-signer. Thus, it makes buying your dream car easy. The biggest problem with a traditional loan is that it doesn’t provide you with enough time to make arrangements for the down payment amount. Also, you need to make quick decisions in choosing a co-signer. If you are unable to secure the down payment amount and the co-signer, you will have to abandon your dream of buying a car.

· You can enjoy Low-Interest Rates

Lenders offer low-interest rates to car buyers who apply for a pre-approved auto loan. The reason is that they perform strict scrutiny on financial documents and approve loan application of people with low risk. As they are not worried about their investment, they are able to offer affordable interest rates. If you apply for a traditional loan, the interest rates will be high. It is because the loan program is not designed exclusively for you.

· Luxury of Time

Once you get a pre-approved auto loan, you get an assurance of getting money according to your requirements. Therefore, you can wait for festive offers and enjoy additional benefits or discounts.

On the other hand, approval on a traditional loan requires time. There are chances that you may not be able to enjoy the festive offers and discounts because of the long duration of the loan process.

· Negotiations becomes Easy

Getting a pre-approved auto loan is considered as having money in your hand. The dealer understands it and so, tries to sell you a car as quickly as possible. As you have an upper hand in the negotiation process, you can negotiate with the dealer to buy the car at low price. The negotiations in a traditional loan are not effective as the dealer is aware of the fact that you do not have money to finalize the deal.

· Future Benefits

A pre-approved auto loan, if repaid punctually, also provides future benefits. Applying for loans in the future becomes easy if the lender knows you well. He will provide you with special interest rates and reduce the loan approval time as well. It is because he has reviewed your documents in the past and is well-aware of your financial situation.

When you apply for a pre-approved auto loan, the lender conducts intense research on your banking account and financial transactions. But once the scrutiny is over, you will get a picture of your situation and it will make the car buying process crystal clear to you. So, it is better to apply for a pre-approved auto loan than to spend time on a traditional loan.

 

All About Instant Loans

Before taking the decision to utilise an instant loan, decide what an instant loan actually means to you. Does it mean a loan that gets you money in a single day or is it simply a loan that is approved fast? Though they appear similar, they are not. These are two entirely different cases and depending on the case specifications, are offered to borrowers.

In the first case, the loan is approved quickly because of a special requirement of borrower. Borrowers, in a few cases require loan urgently. They may not have been able to maintain the desired gap between application and approval because of the uncertain nature of the expense for which the loan is needed. In spite of this, the borrower is given an instant loan, while the service charges are upped.

Next are Instant loans where the loan provider accepts that it his responsibility to approve the loan application fast, so that the borrower can instantly utilise the loan amount sanctioned. In the former class of instant loans, the lure of an extra rate of interest works in order to facilitate a fast approval. The desire on the part of the loan provider to be efficient and effective creates the latter class of instant loans.

For the purpose of ease in recognition, we will refer to the first case of instant loans as fast loans and the second class of instant loans as instant loans itself.

In order to make the resources available within a day, the loan provider in case of fast loans skips several steps that are involved in the normal loan processing. It must be acknowledged that there are a number of sub-processes that need to be carried out before processing the loan. Some of these like the credit check are necessary for determining the reliability of the borrower. The other set of processes, which includes property valuation (in case of secured loans only), is necessary for deciding the amount that a borrower will qualify for. Though these processes are time consuming, they are not superfluous. This explains the reason why fast loans carry a higher rate of interest. By diverting from the normal loan processes, the loan providers are creating a degree of risk involved.

For an acceleration of the process of approval of instant loans, the borrower need not spend any extra penny. It is purely out of the efficacy of the loan providers that the instant loan is made possible. This was the need of the time and a measure to reduce customer dissatisfaction, which led loan providers to redesign their working procedure to increase the pace of loans approval. Instant loans do not advocate an omission of important sub-processes. It requires the use of methods that increase the speed of approval while not putting the lent funds to danger by skipping important processes and sub-processes.

Online processing of loans is of special help in making instant loans possible. Online processing of loans does not simply mean using a computer for sorting and arranging data. It means accepting application through net at any time of the day and night. This also includes a response on the loan query that is easily forwarded to borrowers. Since work at some loan providers goes 24×7, borrowers are assured of help at times when they can least expect it. Multi-tasking or the ability to perform various sub-processes more than one at a time will also be helpful.

A special type of instant loan is payday loan, which are characteristically fast in approval. Borrowers who have emptied their monthly paycheque and need money to disburse an occasional or regular expense will use a payday loan. The amount involved in a payday loan is relatively less. The amount ranges from £80 to £500. A payday loan is so fast in approval that a borrower gets the amount immediately on the day following the application. The payday loan is credited directly into the bank account of the borrower. Cash advance loan and no fax payday loans are some of the classes of instant loans that are prevalent nowadays. A payday loan is lent out till the borrower receives his next paycheque. The paycheque serves as the collateral for the purpose. Borrowers may get an extension in the term of repayment of payday loans.

Given the highly unexpected nature of the expenses, borrowers will find instant loans really useful.

 

Things You Should Do When You Have Bad Credit

Bad credit borrowers face some difficult challenges when it comes to seeking loans from traditional lenders for financial emergencies. Little wonder they should turn to online and alternative lenders to secure the necessary financing. The good news is that obtaining personal loans with bad credit is definitely possible.

The problem with traditional lenders, like banks and credit unions, is that they are extremely cautious when lending to applicants with low credit scores. And when there is an emergency, their approval process can be too slow to be of any good. In such circumstances, with little time to consider options, guaranteed loan approval is a must.

There are loans that can be approved within seconds, and delivered in just a few hours. These are called payday loans, and are often a lifesaver for borrowers. But there are details that need to be known before taking them on.

Advantages of Payday Loans

Opting for these loans provides several advantages over traditional loans. The first is that approval is almost guaranteed with these personal loans, with bad credit completely ignored by the lenders. So, even those with the worst credit scores can get funds.

The second advantage is that the approval system is extremely fast. While traditional lenders will boast 24-hour approval times, these loans are approved in seconds thanks to modern computer programs, with the funds then transferred directly into the bank account of the applicant as quickly as 2 hours after approval is granted.

The reason for such fast guaranteed loan approval is that the income of the applicant is the only basis of consideration. And the loan is given on the back of an upcoming paycheck, thus the reason it is called a payday loan.

Disadvantages of a Payday Loan

But this convenience and certainty is provided to every applicant at a cost. The interest rates charged on these loans are extremely high, with some lenders quoting rates of 30%. Getting personal loans with bad credit is great, but it is also extremely expensive.

What is more, the repayment period associated with these loans is very short, with the loan term sometimes just 14 days. A common term is 30 days, but this too means that the loan is effectively repaid in one go. And since it is taken out of one paycheck, little is left with which to cover normal monthly expenses.

The promise of guaranteed loan approval is still a major advantage, but in order to make the loan feasible, the loan sum limit is very low. These payday loans range in value from just $100 to $1,500, ensuring the specific emergency can be dealt with, but little else.

Secret to Managing Instant Loans

When time is of the essence, securing personal loans with bad credit quickly is not easy. So, when instant approval is offered, and bad credit ratings are completely ignored, it is an opportunity that is difficult to pass up. However, managing these loans requires real financial discipline.

For a start, the repayment of any loan in one go can create greater financial pressure. For example, a $1,500 at 30% requires a single payment of $1,950 to clear – and that is a very large sum to take from one paycheck. Despite the convenience of guaranteed loan approval, extremely strict fees and penalties exist so any failure to clear the loan on time is likely to worsen the situation dramatically.

Applicants must understand that, though the emergency is dealt with, other bills may have to go unpaid for at least a month. Planning and prioritizing future repayments is needed to recover from a payday loan as quickly as possible.

 

How To Get Cash For Loan Easily

Payday loans, also referred to as cash advance loans are small cash loans, that consumers can use for unexpected cash needs or to manage daily expenses. Whether the economy is booming or sagging, consumers always have a need for quick unsecured personal loans.

Why Do Consumers Use Payday Loan?

Unlike traditional loans, payday loans require less scrutiny and documentation. In addition, payday loans are a quick and convenient way to get cash in a pinch. Most applicants are approved for a loan in minutes, even if, they have less than perfect credit. Lenders are able to wire cash to the approved applicant’s account, in 24 hours or less.

Do I Qualify For A Payday Loan?

Most lenders have four main qualification requirements, in order to approve your payday loan request. If you can “yes” to these four questions, then you will most likely qualify for a small cash advance loan.
1. Are you are a citizen of the United States of America?
2. Have you been consistently employed for the past 3 months or 90 days, with a steady income?
3. Are you 18 years or older?
4. Do you earn at least $1,000 per month?

How Do I Get A Loan Up To $250?

You can get a loan through a neighborhood cash advance store or an online payday loan lender. Both options can get you the cash you need. Online payday lenders offer the extra convenience of a quick loan application process that saves you time and secures your loan, discretely. Once you select a lender, you must complete a loan application. The application process, tends to be straight-forward and takes about one or two minutes, if you use an online bank.

A loan representative will review your loan request and approve it instantly, if you meet the four (4) loan application requirements, listed above. It is important to complete your loan application as thoroughly and truthfully as possible, because it will expedite the approval process.

Once your loan request is approved, cash will be wired to your checking or savings account in minutes. The cash can be withdrawn by visiting your local bank or by automatic teller machine (ATM).

When Do I Have to Pay Back My Loan?
Most lenders have a repayment period of two (2) weeks to four (4) weeks from the date that the loan is made. Since payday loans are short term cash advances based on your future paychecks, they are usually due when you receive your next two (2) paychecks. It is important to borrow only as much as you need and can repay back, in a short period of time. A reputable lender will be more flexible and can work with you to establish a suitable repayment schedule, based on your needs.

What If I Live In A State That Has Restrictions On Short Term Loan?

Although, cash advance loans are very convenient, not all states have cash advance lenders. A quick search can yield results on whether you can get a quick short term loan in your state or not. For example, states such as West Virginia, New York, New Hampshire and cities, including the District of Columbia have restrictions on small cash loans. In some cases, it is illegal to get a loan. If your state does not provide the ability to get a small short term loan, other options include automobile title loans, if you own a vehicle. In some cases, you can get more cash, if you use a title loan but it should be noted that the lender can repossess your car, if you do not repay your loan.

 

All About Payday Loan

Payday loans are receiving a large number of borrowers in recent years and this is mostly because of the benefits that one gets with them. Most of us are already familiar with the concept of payday loans but the chances are that many people are still not sure about the process of it like who is eligible for it, what is the interest rate, how do you get the loan, whether or not it is confidential, how much money do you have to pay back and what exactly do you need to qualify for such a loan.

For those of us who are not entirely sure what a payday loan is, the general idea is pretty much explained by the name itself. We can use these loans when we are in need of immediate money and we want it quick and for a short span of time however one should always take some risk analysis in consideration before actually using a loan. Knowing the working process of a payday loan and how the loan amount works can give you a great insight on how you can avoid any possible trouble with the loan. Once you know how the loan works you are familiar with the risks that are involved with the loan amount.

Most people fall behind the eligibility criteria for the regular bank loans because of their bad credit report. This results in another big advantage of payday loans as there is no credit report check for being eligible for the loan. The reason behind no credit check for loan eligibility is that if the lenders started checking the credit score of people, they will have almost no one to lend money to. Anyone who is good with the credit score will seek out other sources to get a regular loan instead of a payday loan. The biggest portion of clients for payday loans is people with bad credit report.

While we have seen the benefits of payday loans there are also a number of risks that are involved with such kind of benefits. People can get these loans very easily and almost everyone is eligible for the same. People tend to use these loans more than they require. This tendency leads to a financial problem in which the person is under a big burden of constant loans. It is necessary that you use the payday loans when these are absolutely necessary and if you follow this golden rule you can avoid the troubles with any loan.

The process of a payday loan is usually depending upon the way you get it or the place you get it from. There are a number of stores who offer payday loans and if you are looking forward to get a payday loan from there then you have to provide them the documentation of your latest pay slip from your job. This is required since they offer the loans only to people who have a job and they also want to know how much you earn as this is needed to decide how much loan you can get.

Other than the documentation of your payment slip you also have to provide a bank statement of yours. The later procedure follows knowing the amount that you want to borrow, and generally they allow you apply for a loan about half as much of your current salary. Then you get an agreement that you have to sign in order to get the loan. In addition to that you also give them a check which is postdated so that they can cash in the loan amount along with the interest money and other charges on your next payday. You can pay the loan even before the payday if you are able to and you avoid the charges and interest money by the duration of time and unless you pay them before they will be cashing the post-dated check as soon as your payday arrives.

 

Take Payday Loan When Emergency

What Are Payday Loans?

Payday loans, sometimes referred to as payday advances, are short-term, unsecured loans, usually for small amounts. The only collateral that is generally required to apply for these specific loans is some form of employment records, like pay stubs, although the term payday loans has become a shorthand for any type of small, short-term loan even if it’s not technically backed by a direct reliance on a borrower’s next paycheck. Payday advances, like any loan vehicle, are regulated heavily. These regulations vary widely from state to state in the United States, and from country to country internationally.

Payday Loans Are A Booming Business

Payday lenders have had seen booming success worldwide, and credit that success to offering a service that was not formerly available. They point out that emergency cash loans offer an attractive alternative to people who are not able or willing to use less expensive conventional routes to borrow money. Some companies that offer emergency cash advances in the UK have described their approach as a handy financial service for young, Web-savvy borrowers, accustomed to the ease and convenience of instantaneous online communication. These applicants often feel left out of the conventional banking system. Today’s modern consumer, raised entirely with social media, can even apply for these micro-loans using their smartphones, with money transferred to successful applicant’s bank accounts within minutes.

Compare Payday Loans With Other Loan Types

Many types of short-term loans can seem expensive when the fees associated with the loan are factored as yearly APR. For that reason, payday lenders prefer to compare their loan products to bank overdraft fees and other charges that traditional lenders use to recoup funds. Many payday lenders don’t even characterize their business as banks, simply as another form of Internet technology, used to connect willing borrowers with willing lenders.

Payday Loans Are Available 24/7

As traditional outlets for loans become harder to find and are requiring larger and larger amounts of paperwork for even small loans, payday advances have stepped in to fill the vacuum. They’re available day and night, seven days a week, and in many cases the process is so fully automated that loans are granted without the borrower ever having to speak to another person. After applicants have established a track record of successfully paying off cash advance loans, some lenders only require applicants to text the amount of the desired loan, and the term of the loan desired, and the money is instantly made available.

So Why Would I Pay the Added Interest?

Sometimes it’s an unexpected emergency, or it may be that an opportunity has come up you couldn’t possibly pass up. Is it tickets to the playoff? Has a friend obtained access to ringside seats at the “fight of the century”? Or maybe you have committed an unforgivable sin and forgotten your significant others birthday…

Whatever the reason, you’re short on cash. If you haven’t got credit cards and maybe your friends and family are not in a position to help out. What do you do?

It’s increasingly common for those in immediate financial need to approach a short-term lending company for a “payday loan”. These loans are often unsecured, meaning the borrower has no collateral to provide. This makes the loans a high-risk cash advance for the lending company. If the borrower bails, there’s nothing of value to collect. They compensate for the increased risk by charging very high-interest rates.

The applicant usually must provide proof of employment, and government issued identification. The idea is that when the applicant’s next pay check is issued, the funds will be used to pay off the loan. In some cases, the loans may be made for the borrower to purchase a car or other big-ticket item. In these cases, there is somewhat less risk involved for the lender. The item may be re-possessed should the applicant fail to repay the loan as promised.

So What is the Bottom Line

Companies around the world offer payday loan services including Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain. The rules and regulations regarding how much interest may be charged, and limits on the amounts of the loans vary depending on the country, state, province or county where the payday loan company is located.

The industry is growing; possibly the fastest in the UK, where there are fewer regulations on how payday loan companies may operate. UK firms have expanded into Canada and Australia. In a few states in the United States, super high-interest loans (such as those provided by payday loan advance firms) are illegal.

On the spot check-cashing is another service that is frequently offered by payday advance companies. Perhaps the customer does not have a bank account or wants immediate access to the cash. A flat charge or percentage of the check amount will be charged as a fee. Short term loan companies often open early and close late to take advantage of those who need immediate access to cash.

Many companies now offer online applications for payday loans. They usually offer a quick decision on the client’s application, sometimes within an hour. The cash can then be deposited into a bank account or collected by the borrower at a company office.