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Most loan types fall into one of two loan categories – Secured loans and unsecured loans. To clarify we’ve defined each type of loan below.

What is a Secured Loan?

Secured loans are loans that are protected by an asset or collateral of some sort. The item purchased, such as a home or a car, can be used as collateral, and a lien is placed on the item. The finance company or bank will hold the deed or title, for which it has been used for collateral, until it has been paid in full, including interest and all applicable fees.

As the term implies, a secured loan means you are pledging something of value as an assurance that your loan will be repaid according to the agreed terms and conditions. It’s important to remember, if you are unable to repay a secured loan, the lender has recourse to the collateral you have pledged and may be able to sell it to pay off the loan.

What are examples of secured loans?

  • Mortgage
  • Home Equity Line of Credit
  • Auto Loan (New and Used)
  • Boat Loan
  • Recreational Vehicle Loan

What is an Unsecured Loan? 

Unsecured loans are loans that are approved without the need for collateral. They include things like credit card purchases, education loans, or personal (signature) loans. Lenders take more of a risk by making such a loan, with no property or assets to recover in case of default. If you have been turned down for unsecured credit, you may still be able to obtain secured loans, as long as you have something of value or if the item you wish to purchase can be used as collateral.

When you apply for a loan that is unsecured, the lender believes that you can repay the loan on the basis of your financial resources.

What are examples of unsecured loans?

  • Credit Cards
  • Personal (Signature) Loans (note that they can be secured depending on the financial institution and the individual’s financial status)
  • Personal Lines of Credit
  • Student Loans (note that tax returns can be garnished to repay delinquent student loans)
  • Some Home Improvement Loans

Apply for a secured or unsecured personal loan

If you are currently in need of an unsecured personal loan, contact your local Mariner Finance branch today to learn more about the different loans we offer. A member of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and to help you find the perfect loan that meets your needs.

This material was prepared for general distribution. Although all blog posts are intended to be accurate, the information and third-party links provided in the Mariner Finance’s blog are intended for general knowledge and educational purposes only without any warranties, implied or express, of any kind. The posts do not constitute investment, financial or other advice. Authors may or may not be licensed financial professionals; for specific advice, seek the input of a licensed and trained financial expert. Mariner Finance’s blog entries may also be viewed at www.pioneercredit.net and www.personalfinancecompany.com.

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*The process uses a “soft” credit inquiry to determine whether a loan offer is available, which does not impact your credit score. If you continue with the application process online and accept a loan offer, or are referred to a branch and continue your application there, we will pull your credit report and credit score again using a “hard” credit inquiry. This “hard” credit inquiry may impact your credit score.

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8211 Town Center Drive, Nottingham, MD 21236. Telephone Number 877-310-2373.

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