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What is a personal loan?

A personal loan is an installment loan.

An installment loan is a loan that is repaid over an amount of time with a set number of fixed monthly payments. Interest rates on these loans and loan amounts may vary depending on various factors including but not limited to:

  • Your financial history (credit bureaus report, credit scores)
  • The term of your loan amount.
  • The amount you borrow
  • The lender and their terms and conditions

What are the types of personal loans?

There are four common types of personal loans, and the one you may want to seek can differ based on your current need(s). Here are the four most common types of installment loans:

  • Personal finance loans
  • Student loans
  • Mortgages
  • Auto loans

Personal Finance loans allow you to pay for unexpected expenses and things that could impact your monthly budget.

Student loans are loans that are designed to help students pay for their education and associated fees.

Mortgages are loans in which property or real estate is used as collateral.

Auto loans are personal loans used to purchase an automobile.

All these different loan types are different variations of personal loans also known as installment loans.

Are personal loans payday loans? 

No, Payday loans are small credit solutions around $100 to $1,000 with short repayment terms.

Payday loans also typically have very high-interest rates and are paid in one lump sum on your next payday. These loans are typically for people with less than ideal credit and are illegal in some states.

Personal loans, also known as installment loans are typically for larger amounts from $1,000 to $100,000 with longer terms for repayment, typically 6 to 60 months with low-interest rates. Mortgages are typically for longer terms.

Where did the concept of personal loans come from?

Installment loans also known as personal loans were one of the earliest forms of consumer credit originating in the 1850s. The concept was invented by Singer, a sewing machine company.

Sewing machines were a huge labor saving device that women wanted, although the price point was too high for many of them to afford outright.

To counteract the high price point, the Singer Company offered financing to their customers at one dollar down a week. It was then the concept of installment loans also known as a personal loan was born.

How do personal loans work? 

These are loans that meet individuals need as opposed to a business need.

With personal loans, the consumer pays off the loan balance at a fixed rate over a fixed period of time. This type of personal loan can be secured by an asset or have a co-signer, or it can be unsecured (based on credit history and other factors).

Here is an example.

A lender provides an amount of money within a specified time period for repayment with interest.

The borrower Jeff wants a loan for a new car because his old car broke down and needs a new car to drive to work Monday thru Friday.

If Jeff can’t drive to work, he has to take an Uber.

Jeff calculated his monthly budget and found taking an Uber every day isn’t a financially viable strategy.

So, as a long-term financial solution, Jeff chooses to apply for a personal loan to fix his car and is approved for a $3,500 with a term of 3 years and an interest rate of 24% resulting in a monthly payment of $137.31.

Jeff now is responsible for paying off his loan in monthly installments of $137.31 until he pays off his loan amount and interest over the term.

Where can you get a personal loan? 

If you’re interested in applying for a loan offline you can visit any Mariner Finance branch. If you’re looking to apply for an online personal loan you can visit loans.marinerfinance.com

Ways to use a personal loan.

A personal loan can meet a variety of needs, including medical emergencies, home improvement projects, vacations, weddings and debt consolidation. Mariner Finance has a personal loan solution that fits your needs. Check your personal loan offer today.

Loan for debt consolidation.

This type of loan helps streamline a variety of debt—from medical bills to credit card payments—into a workable, single monthly payment solution. Learn more about a loan for debt consolidation.

Need a loan right away?

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Loan for debt consolidation.
Covering unexpected expenses.

Major appliance breakdowns, brake jobs, medical costs (people and pets), and plumbing repairs all have one thing in common. They tend to happen at the most inconvenient times. Learn more about our unexpected expenses loans.

Need a loan right away?

Try our online loans application program today.

Making home improvements.

You might not always have sufficient funds to cover potentially value-enhancing investments like new countertops, flooring, or deck additions. We can help you make those upgrades happen with one of the online loans for home improvements.

Need a loan right away?

Try our online loan application program today.

Paying for a vacation.

Eager to see more of the world, or just another part of the country? Ready to finally book that cruise? Due for a family reunion? Plan the trip you’ve been putting off with one of our vacation loans.

Need a loan right away?

Try our online loans application program today.

Taking care of wedding expenses.

Sometimes, love just can’t wait for your bank balance to catch up, and wedding costs are often more than we anticipate. Here’s how to avoid getting cold feet when you’re planning your dream wedding.

Learn more about our wedding expenses loans.

Need a loan right away?

Try our online loan application program today.

how our personal loans work.

Whether secured or unsecured personal loans, our personal loans give you the benefit of a monthly payment with a fixed interest rate, making it easier to manage expenses. The process is a simple one: apply for a personal loan and receive a quick decision.

Learn how to apply for a personal loan

why apply for a loan at Mariner Finance?

We recognize that people are short on time, so we respond with answers and solutions quickly. We also realize everyone has their own experiences and circumstances, so we take the time to get to know the person behind every personal loan. And we provide resources that make people more informed borrowers. Simple, but true.

I received excellent service when working with your representatives. They were highly professional in their demeanor, patient and quite knowledgeable when explaining the requirements for applying and completing the loan application.


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What is the minimum amount I can borrow? How long does an application take? Is there a prepayment penalty?

Ready to speak to a person—in person?

You have your own unique goals to meet, and it all starts with a 5 minute conversation with one of our team members. You can reach us directly at 877-310-2373.

What is a personal loan?

Great question. It’s a loan that may help you deal with an unexpected expense, see a new part of the world, or simply help you achieve your personal goals. We have those.

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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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