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How Will Interest Rate Increases Affect Private Loans?

Interest rates have been on the rise lately, and this is likely to continue into the future. This has caused a lot of concern among borrowers, especially those who have private loans. How will interest rate increases affect private loans? Will they become more expensive? In this blog post, we will explore how interest rate hikes could impact private loans. We will also provide some tips for borrowers who are concerned about these increases.

Why are interest rates increasing?

The main reason interest rates are increasing is because inflation is high.  The cost of living is rising, and this affects the prices of goods and services. As inflation goes up, so do interest rates.

How will this affect private loans?

  • The interest rate on a variable loan will increase

If you have a variable loan, the interest rate will increase.  You may want to consider switching to a fixed-rate loan if you are concerned about continual rising rates.

  • Fixed-rate loans will remain at the same interest rate

If your loan agreement states that you have a fixed interest rate for the next 5 years, the interest rate will remain the same for the period specified. Therefore, your repayments will remain the same during the interim.

  • The amount of interest you pay will go up if you have a variable loan

If you have a variable loan, the amount of interest you pay will go up.  This is because your interest payments are based on the current market rates. As rates increase, so does your minimum monthly repayment.

What can borrowers do to prepare for rising rates?

There are a few things borrowers can do to prepare:

  • Plan ahead: You are aware that interest rates are likely to keep increasing, so  plan your repayments accordingly. Make sure you can afford the minimum monthly repayment on your loan, even if rates go up by a few percentage points. This may mean you need to take a look at your existing budget and make some changes.
  • Make extra down payments: If you make extra down payments, you will reduce the amount of interest you need to pay over the life of the loan.
  • Speak to your private loan lender: Some lenders may be willing to extend the terms of your loan or provide a grace period for repayment.
  • Refinance: You may be able to refinance your private loan into a new one with better terms like a fixed interest rate. As interest rates continue to rise, it’s important to stay informed and know what options are available to you.
  • Reduce other loans:  Try to pay off other debts like credit cards. This will reduce the amount of money you need to borrow, and save you money on interest payments.

If you are looking to refinance your existing private loan. Contact Pacific 8.

We understand that this can be a stressful time for borrowers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to help you through this process and make sure you understand your options.