Don’t skim that loan agreement! Your agreement is a legal document that will detail all the “must-knows” (like interest rate, APR, term, repayment structure, terms and conditions) of the financial arrangement you might be about to enter into. Still, a recent survey found that just 7 percent of people read the small print when purchasing products and services. One fifth of people say they have experienced adverse consequences for not doing so.
Depending on the loan amount and repayment term, installment loans can be categorized into long-term or short-term installment loans. Loans that can be paid off within a few months or years are generally referred to as short-term. These loans can be used to pay for emergency expenses like medical bills, home maintenance etc. Long-term installment loans, such as mortgages, are generally paid in 20 to 30 years depending on the loan amount and the repayment term. Unlike most short-term installment loans, long-terms loans are usually secured and requires you to pledge a collateral.