Unless you’re a loan expert, the world of loan rates and secured loan APRCs can be confusing at the best of times. With various loans on offer at various rates, it’s not always immediately obvious which type of loan suits your particular needs and offers the best value for money.
By understanding loan rates and APRCs, you will be in a far better position to compare loan options to spot the best deal available to you, which is likely to save you money in the long run.
The Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC) is the total cost of credit to the consumer, expressed as an annual percentage. It’s used by lenders as an effective measure to inform consumers what the average cost of credit is on an annual basis and to allow consumers to compare quotes from different lenders, as all mortgage and 2nd charge mortgage (secured homeowner loan) providers calculate the APRC in the same way.
In addition to the standard interest rate that a lender charges on your loan, this figure also includes any associated fees that you may be due to pay throughout your loan term. This allows the borrower to see the whole cost of their borrowing up front.
It’s important to bear in mind that the APRC percentage you see advertised is often an estimation for the average customer. When a consumer applies for a homeowner loan, they will be subject to a routine evaluation of individual circumstances. This will then determine the level of APRC they are to be charged on their loan repayments, which may differ from the advertised rate.
Homeowner loan rates are calculated using a combination of factors that are specific to the individual, such as: loan amount, loan term, house value, credit check. These factors will be assessed during the initial application stage to assess the loan available and the total cost of borrowing.
Many high-street lenders base their decision to grant a loan application solely on credit scores. At Evolution Money, we believe it’s important to consider a person’s entire financial situation before making a decision on an application.
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