There are a few reasons why you might want to take out a loan. The loan itself could come in many different forms and depending on what the money’s for you a different loan will suit your needs. Here are a few reasons why you might need to take out a loan and the type of loan you could use.
If you need to buy a new car, then one of the options available to you is to take out a loan to pay for it. If you can’t pay for the car outright, then you will need to pay for it in some other way. This might mean taking out finance with the car store, manufacturer or through a third party. This will involve making regular monthly payments until you have paid off the cost of the car plus a little interest. This is a popular choice because it means that you can afford the car immediately and the cost is broken down into manageable chunks. Another benefit of taking out this kind of loan is that the money is transferred to whoever you have bought the car from without any hassle and you only need to deal with the repayments. A lot of these kinds of finance also allow you to pay back the loan early and doing so will reduce the overall amount of interest you have to pay. Through this, you can make monthly installments for a year or two and then repay the last bit of your car and save yourself some money in the long run.
When buying a home, it is unlikely that you will be able to pay in full upfront. This means that you will need to take out a mortgage. This is another type of loan that doesn’t have the word ‘loan’ in front of it. However, it is no less a loan than anything else. You will need to visit a bank or similar institution to get your mortgage agreed, and you will need to make monthly payments to pay back the cost of your house. Getting a mortgage is really the only options when buying a house due to the high cost of property, but once you have finished the repayments, then you own the house outright. This means that when it comes time to sell, you will be able to get the full amount (and hopefully some extra) of your mortgage. Owning a house also means opens up the possibility of taking another type of loan in the future called secured homeowner loans. This loans are put up against your home and can act like a second mortgage to allow you to get a loan at a low, fixed interest rate.
If you are going to University for the first time, then you will probably take out a loan to pay for the tuition fees. This student finance loan doesn’t need to be repaid until you have finished University and are making above a set figure each year. When it does, the repayment will come directly out of your salary each month. If you become self-employed, then you will need to organise a different way of making repayments. You might also borrow money to pay for accommodation or living costs and if the bank of Mum and Dad isn’t available, then getting a bank account with an interest-free overdraft is the best call. These overdrafts increase each year of your tuition and don’t need paying back until you leave University. This extra bit of money can help pay for essentials like food, utilities and books. Although, if you are a student it doesn’t take three guesses as to what trumps all of those options. If it isn’t your first time at University or you want to take a different kind of course, then a regular bank loan to pay for your education is your best bet. You should book a meeting with the bank and explain why you should get a loan and if you have a good credit score, then it will likely go through. It is worth checking there aren’t any grants or bursaries available to you and your specific situation/course.
When setting up a business, you will probably need a loan to buy everything you need to get started. This will again involve a trip to the bank to open a business account and inquire about business loans. Unless you intend to put up your own capital, a business loan can help you hit the ground running with some cash flow to buy equipment, stock, raw materials or whatever else your business needs to run. You should have a clear business plan outlining where your profits are coming from, how much you expect in your first few years as well as some other essential details. Do a Google for business plans for more information.