Personal loan interest rates fall to 3-month low

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The latest personal loan interest rate trends from Credible Marketplace, updated weekly. (iStock)

Borrowers with good credit seeking personal loans during the week of July 5, 2021 prequalified for lower rates compared to fixed rate loans the previous week.

For borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible Marketplace to select a lender, during the week of July 5:

  • Rates on 3-year fixed-rate loans averaged 11.35%, down from 11.99% the previous week, and lower than a year ago, when the average was 12.03%. Over the past year, 3-year personal loan rates bottomed out the week of March 15, 2021, when they averaged 10.83%.
  • Rates on 5-year fixed rate loans averaged 13.67%, down from 14.00% the previous week and 15.42% a year ago. Average rates for 5-year fixed-rate loans were at their lowest for the year during the week of May 3, when the average was 12.62%.

Personal loans have become a popular way to consolidate and pay off credit card debt and other loans. They can also be used to cover unexpected expenses such as medical bills, to pay for a major purchase, or to fund home improvement projects.

With interest rates on personal loans at such low levels, using a personal loan to pay off higher interest debt, such as credit cards, could yield significant interest savings.

Whether a personal loan is right for you often depends on several factors, including the rate you may qualify for. Comparing several lenders and their rates could help you get the best possible personal loan for your needs.

It’s always a good idea to shop around on sites like Credible to understand how much you qualify for and choose the best option for you.

Here are the latest personal loan interest rate trends from the Credible Marketplace, updated monthly.

Personal Loan Weekly Rate Trends

The table above shows the average prequalified rates for borrowers with credit scores of 720 or higher who used the Credible Marketplace to select a lender.

For the month of June 2021:

  • 3-year personal loan rates averaged 11.86%, down from 11.69% in May.
  • 5-year personal loan rates averaged 13.82%, down from 13.07% in May.

Personal loan rates vary widely depending on credit rating and length of loan. If you’re curious about what kind of personal loan rates you might qualify for, you can use an online tool like Credible to compare options from different private lenders. Checking your rates will not affect your credit score.

All Credible Marketplace lenders offer fixed rate loans at competitive rates. Since lenders use different methods to assess borrowers, it’s a good idea to ask for personal loan rates from multiple lenders so you can compare your options.

Current personal loan rates by credit score

Depending on factors such as your credit score, the type of personal loan you are looking for, and the repayment term of the loan, the interest rate may differ.

Generally, borrowers with higher credit ratings have access to lower interest rates. Still, today’s low interest rates on personal loans could make borrowing economical, even if your credit is only fair.

As the table above shows, a good credit rating can mean a lower interest rate and rates tend to be higher on loans with fixed interest rates and longer repayment terms.

How to get a lower interest rate

Many factors influence the interest rate a lender can offer you for a personal loan. But there are steps you can take to increase your chances of getting a lower interest rate. Here are some tactics to try.

Increase credit score

Generally, people with higher credit scores qualify for lower interest rates. Steps that can help improve your credit score over time include:

  • Pay your bills on time. Payment history is the most important factor in your credit score. Pay all your bills on time for the amount owed.
  • Check your credit report. Check your credit file to make sure there are no errors. If you find any errors, dispute them with the credit bureau.
  • Reduce your credit utilization rate. Paying off credit card debt can improve this important credit score factor.
  • Avoid opening new credit accounts. Apply for and open only the credit accounts you really need. Too many serious inquiries on your credit report in a short time could lower your credit score.

Choose a shorter loan term

Repayment terms for personal loans can vary from one to several years. Generally, shorter terms come with lower interest rates because the lender’s money is at risk for a shorter period.

If your financial situation allows it, applying for a shorter term could help you get a lower interest rate. Keep in mind that the shorter term doesn’t just benefit the lender: by choosing a shorter repayment term, you’ll pay less interest over the life of the loan.

Get a co-signer

You may be familiar with the concept of a co-signer if you have student loans. If your credit isn’t good enough to qualify for the best interest rates on personal loans, finding a co-signer with good credit could help you get a lower interest rate.

Remember that if you are unable to repay the loan, your co-signer will have to repay it. And co-signing a loan could also affect their credit score.

Compare rates from different lenders

Before applying for a personal loan, it’s a good idea to shop around and compare offers from several different lenders to get the lowest rates. Online lenders generally offer the most competitive rates and can be quicker to disburse your loan than a physical establishment.

But don’t worry, comparing rates and terms doesn’t have to be a tedious process.

Credible is easy. Simply enter the amount you want to borrow and you can compare several lenders to choose the best one for you.

About Credible

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Bernadine J. Perkins