Get approved for a £30,000 loan with the best rate
For most us, £30,000 would be a game-changing amount, but it's a big commitment for both borrower and lender. It's likely to involve borrowing over a longer term, and it may require security.
Whether you’re consolidating debt or planning home improvements, a £30,000 lump sum could have a dramatic impact on your life. But with a loan of this size, even a small difference in interest rate can make a big impact on the overall cost – especially if you’re borrowing over a longer term. So it’s important to find a loan with the best terms for your needs.
Should you get a secured or unsecured loan?
Most lenders offering unsecured loans have an upper limit of £25,000, but you don’t have to look too far to find a lender willing to lend up to £30,000, or in a few rare cases, £50,000. These tend to be the big high-street banks, although some supermarket banks do stretch to £30,000.
To borrow such a large sum without putting up any security is going to require excellent credit, however. And those big banks may additionally insist that you’re already an existing customer if you want to borrow £30,000.
If that doesn’t sound like you, then you may wish to consider a secured loan. A secured loan requires you to put up a possession – normally a property – as collateral for the loan. If you already have a mortgage, you’d effectively be applying for a second charge mortgage. This is where a lender is next in line (after your mortgage provider) to recoup any losses they might incur if you failed to repay your loan, from the value in your property.
If you don’t already have an idea of your credit score, services from the likes of Experian, Equifax and TransUnion (formerly Callcredit) will give you an idea of your credit score at no cost to you. These services will give you a sense of whether you’re likely to be accepted for a £30,000 loan. If your credit score is poor, you could focus on building it up a bit before applying for a loan (interest rates are almost always tailored to the individual). After all, multiple application for credit could harm your score further.
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If you borrowed £40,000 over a 14-year term at 8.8% p.a. (variable), you would make 168 monthly payments of £461.49 and pay £77,530.32 overall, which includes interest of £33,040.32, a broker fee of £3,995 and a lender fee of £495.00. The overall cost for comparison is 11.3% APRC representative.
Should I just remortgage?
It’s certainly an option. Remortgaging is a popular way to get hold of a big lump sum, and in today’s climate of competitive introductory mortgage rates followed by less-competitive ongoing rates, remortgaging every few years is a smart thing to do anyway.
The loan illustrations below demonstrate that spreading loan repayments over, say, 20 years means low monthly instalments but a much, much higher overall cost. That may be a moot point if you’re super-organised and you always pay off as much of your mortgage as you can afford to each month, but if you’re more inclined to just let your mortgage tick along, it could make for a very expensive £30,000 loan.
The key to finding the best deal for you is to understand and explore your options. As you can see from the table below, doing so could save you thousands of pounds in the long run.
|Interest rate of 5% fixed p.a.||Interest rate of 10% fixed p.a.||Interest rate of 15% fixed p.a.|
|5 year loan||Monthly: £566.14|
|10 year loan||Monthly: £318.20|
|20 year loan||Monthly: £197.99|
What if it’s for a business?
There are specialist lenders for businesses, and it’s likely you’ll need to go through them if you’re pumping money into one, as most personal loans explicitly prohibit the use of loan funds to support a business.
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