Use this mortgage calculator to calculate how much you can save by making extra payments on your mortage and repaying your mortgage off quickly.
If you are thinking of taking out a personal loan (secured loan or unsecured loan) it is important that you:
Use the early repayment loan calculator to calculate your monthly interest repayments, compare loan repayments over different periods and define what is the most affordable option for your financial situation. The early repayment loan calculator will provide your a monthly interest repayment over 1 year,2 years,3 years,4 years,5 years, 10 years and compare them to a monthly repayment period of your choosing (so you can create your own personal loan illustration).
You should never overstretch yourself when budgeting for a personal loan, If you really need a specific amount, look at what is affordable long term. Sometimes it is better for you financially to take the loan over a longer period to provide a financial buffer zone. You can normally make overpayments on a personal loan free of charge (double check when signing for the loan, some lenders will charge early repayment fees). Making additional loan repayments will reduce the term of your loan and reduce the amount of interest you will pay. Loan overpayments are recommended if you can afford to do it. Just £20.00 per month can make a big difference, try the additional monthly payments calculator and see the results for yourself.
Considerations before taking out a Personal Loan
- Affordability: Be sure you can really afford to make the loan repayments. Only you really know if you can afford a loan or not and taking out loans which you will struggle to repay will only cause you financial hardship and pain in the future. Remember,
- Secured Loans: READ THE SMALL PRINT: Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up your loan repayments (applies to any loan or debt secured on your home).
- Shop around: It always pays to shop around and see what deals are available. Most banks and building societies run promotions at various points of the year. Never assume that one lender is better than the other, look for the good deals as they could save you a lot of money.
- Check the Interest Rate: The most common mistake that lenders make is not fully reading and understanding their loan interest rates. Make sure that the catchy low interest rate is the one you are getting. Most lenders advertise at low interest rates to get you in the door but you are likely to find that achieving the low rates means borrowing large amounts over long terms, this will mean you repay much more money! Don't be tempted!
- Borrow Little, Repay Quickly: The best loan is one repaid quickly. A quick repayment means less interest paid and less stress about your debt.
- Pay Day Loans: Pay day loans are brilliant if you want to destroy your financial credibility, get yourself into spiraling debt and have years of stress and anxiety over your finances. DO NOT use Pay Day lenders. They do not care about you or your finances and will destroy your life simply to make money. At iCalculator, we seriously hope that the government takes measures to outlaw these morally and ethically corrupt businesses.
- Don't Lend at All! It's difficult to avoid taking loans in modern society. Modern life is about consumerism and spending. Our grandparents survived and had healthy life's my getting by and enjoying the rare treats. There is a lot to be said for living a simpler life without financial stress. If you can, save. Make that reward or treat worthwhile my making your money work for YOU and not for someone else.
- Personal Loan or Car Loan? Personal loans normally offer better interest rates than car loans but your really should shop around. Second hand dealerships normally offer ridiculous APR rates and will push you to take the loan, often showing a lower APR that you will receive. Used car loans typically provide large commissions for used car dealerships and will rarely offer a better interest rate that a personal loan. If you are looking to buy a new car, shop around and be patient. Almost every dealership offers a 0% finance deal at some point in the year. You can get your dream car and a dream interest rate if you are patient and buy wisely.
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