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How to Find the Right Lender for Personal or Business Use

Let’s face it. A paycheck isn’t always enough to provide for our needs. Therefore, it could become essential to take a loan. While they produce a small financial liability on your paycheck, they help you fulfill your wishes, fund an important event or raise money for your business. However, finding the right lender is a tough job. You could end up working with shady lenders who charge humongous interests on their credits. These loan sharks provide you loans as small as 500 GBP but their APR is so high, that you could remain in their debt trap forever.

Therefore, finding the right lender is essential. Here is how to determine which creditor will be good for you.

Loan tenure

If you are looking for a long-term loan, a bank is always a good option. Traditional lenders like banks usually provide better rates for long term loans. Moreover, they are more stable and if the economic conditions are right and you choose floating rates of interest, you could even pay lesser. These lenders also allow you to refinance or re-adjust your rates of interest so you never have to worry about your changing financial situation. For short term loans, focus on a reliable company.

FCA accreditation

If your lender is not authorized or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, don’t deal with them. This is especially true for people who are looking for short term loans. Payday loan providers are often always working outside the purview of the FCA, because of which they are riskier and less reliable than the other lenders. However, an FCA author tied creditor like Mr. Lender. Check their credentials at authority’s website to confirm their legitimacy. Once done, you can safely borrow money from them.

Internet research

First, find out which lenders in your local area are providing the kind of loan you are looking for. Make a list and search for everyone online. If you find a lender without a website, don’t borrow from them. On the website, look for shady claims and bad spelling. Also, check if the website is providing enough details about their business, APR rates etc. If not, then avoid these websites like the plague. When you have narrowed your search down to two or three lenders, start reading user reviews to find out how they work. Select one creditor, depending on these reviews. One final thing- check privacy policy of these creditors before talking to them.

Personal recommendation

Everybody needs a loan at some point in their life. Your colleagues, neighbors, friends and relatives may have taken a loan at some point in their life. They may know about good loan providers who would charge lesser interests and are most trustworthy. Usually, the loan providers you meet through personal recommendations are the best. Just make sure that whoever is recommending the creditor to you has personally used their services.

By following these tips, it will be easy for you to find a reliable creditor. Remember, one mistake and you could end up paying loans for at least the next one to two years.

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