How To Read And Understand Loan Terms

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Who actually ever really takes the time to fully read the tiny print stating their loan terms and agreement, right? 

Whatever loan you are applying for is definitely coming with a ton of term, obligations and strings attached. You don’t really expect that your lender is giving you all that money in good faith and because they just want to see you soar financially. No; your lender has their own motive behind approving your loan, and it is usually with an eye towards profit and interest. 

Unfortunately, some of the terms they state in the documents covering the terms surrounding the loan go unread by borrowers, leading to some shock upon discovery of the company’s repayment plan or high interest rates. 

Of course, one of the most popular lies people tell is “I have read and accept the terms and conditions stated”, it is actually more important to carefully read through your loan terms before signing it. 

Why Read Loan Term And Conditions 

The most obvious reason is that you do not want to get bound legally to something you do not fully agree to because, once you put your signature on that piece of paper, you are legally bounded. Also, you need to be aware of what your loan company offers in terms of repayment penalties, lateness fees, and penalties. Any complaints you make after the deed has been done will be futile, as all terms were covered in the agreement. 

Payday Loans vs. Personal Loans 

People with bad credit often find themselves turning towards payday loan companies and online payday loan alternatives for help. The major attraction is that payday loans are available for almost everyone, even people with bad credit. 

Personal loans are offered with an APR (Annual Percentage Rate) getting up to 35.99% and, a loan of up to $100,000. An APR is the amount of interest lenders attach to their loans. And, borrowers have a better chance of a lower APR if they have a good credit score. 

What Is Contained In The Loan T&Cs 

Basically, all the information you need to protect yourself financially is contained in the terms. Terms and conditions will not be the same from two different lenders so; don’t go into a loan from another lender thinking it would be the same as your last. 

Usually, the term contains the period the loan will last for and, the features of the loan. 

• Interest Rate 

How much interest attached to your loan will be covered in the terms? Also, the increase in interest rates with late payments is included in the terms. 

• Monthly Payment 

The total of your monthly payment will be the addition of your interest rate and the length of you loan payment plan. There are other ways for you to calculate your monthly required payment, though. Be sure to find out the details of your payment, and if the terms are fixed, or are open to change with time. 

• Prepayment Penalties 

You wouldn’t think that you could get penalized for clearing your debts quickly but, some companies actually do issue penalties for that. You might find yourself in ways of some extra cash to funnel towards paying off your loan and decide to save yourself the accumulating interest rates. Before doing this, make sure there are penalties attached to making extra payments and paying off your loan too early.


I hope you enjoyed this blog post about how to read and understand loan terms when deciding whether to take out a loan from a bank or other lender.

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