The best way to get a personal loan depends on a few key factors.
Thinking of taking out a personal loan to consolidate high-interest debt, finance a big purchase, or cover a surprise expense?
If so, you’ve probably noticed there are two places to turn: online lenders and banks.
While both are popular options, there are a few key differences.
With traditional banks, familiarity is often the biggest selling point. If you have an established relationship with a bank, convenience may also be a key factor to consider.
The challenge? Some banks don’t offer personal loans, and those that do often have strict credit requirements, making them inaccessible to some with fair or poor credit. Also, banks often have a lengthier approval process, which may be a challenge if you need to cover an unplanned expense.
Fast turnaround times and accessibility are what attract many people to online lenders. Compared to traditional banks, they can be more willing to work with borrowers who have lower credit scores. Some online lenders — like LendingPoint — look at more than just your credit score when evaluating a borrower’s eligibility. This makes online lenders a good option for anyone looking to rebuild their credit.
Finally, many online lenders give prospective borrowers the ability to see if they’re pre-qualified, which can be helpful if you’re interested in checking your rate options before filling out an application.
When deciding whether an online loan or bank loan is right for you, do your research and compare your options. Checking your rate is a great place to start.
Visit LendingPoint.com to get started.
See what the possibilities are with no obligation or impact to your credit score. Check your loan options now.
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* Applications submitted on this website may be funded by one of several lenders, including: FinWise Bank, a Utah-chartered bank, Member FDIC; Coastal Community Bank, Member FDIC; Midland States Bank, Member FDIC; and LendingPoint, a licensed lender in certain states. Loan approval is not guaranteed. Actual loan offers and loan amounts, terms and annual percentage rates ("APR") may vary based upon LendingPoint's proprietary scoring and underwriting system's review of your credit, financial condition, other factors, and supporting documents or information you provide. Origination or other fees from 0% to 8% may apply depending upon your state of residence. Upon final underwriting approval to fund a loan, said funds are often sent via ACH the next non-holiday business day. Loans are offered from $2,000 to $36,500, at rates ranging from 7.99% to 35.99% APR, with terms from 24 to 72 months. Minimum loan amounts apply in Georgia, $3,500; Colorado, $3,001; and Hawaii, $2,000. For a well-qualified customer, a $10,000 loan for a period of 48 months with an APR of 24.90% and origination fee of 8% will have a payment of $331.01 per month. (Actual terms and rate depend on credit history, income, and other factors.) Customers may have the option to deduct the origination fee from the disbursed loan amount if desired. If the origination fee is added to the financed amount, interest is charged on the full principal amount. The total amount due is the total amount of the loan you will have paid after you have made all payments as scheduled.
* Applications submitted may be funded by one of several lenders including First Electronics Bank, a Utah-chartered bank, Member FDIC; Coastal Community Bank, Member FDIC; and LendingPoint, a licensed lender in certain states. Loan approval is not guaranteed. Minimum loan amounts apply in Georgia, $3,500; Colorado, $3,001; and Hawaii, $1,500. Upon final underwriting approval to fund a loan, said funds are often available the next non-holiday business day. Actual loan offers and loan amounts, terms and annual percentage rates (“APR”) may vary. Loans are offered from $500 to $10,000 (loan amount maximum based on MCC codes), at rates ranging from 7.99% to 35.99% APR, with terms from 24 to 48 months. For example, for a well-qualified customer, a $5,000 purchase will have a 90-day promotional period with no interest, a 3% fee, and $100 monthly payments. After the promotional period, a remaining balance will be a 24-month term loan, and $263.72 monthly payments with an overall APR of 26.54%.
**Minimum initial transaction of $1,000 in Alabama, Idaho and Iowa.
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