A loan agreement is a written agreement between a lender and borrower. The borrower promises to pay back the loan in line with a repayment schedule (regular payments or a lump sum). As a lender, this document is very useful as it legally enforces the borrower to repay the loan. This loan agreement can be used for business, personal, real estate, and student loans.
Family Loan Agreement – For the borrowing of money from one family member to another.
I Owe You (IOU) – The acceptance and confirmation of money that has been borrowed from one (1) party to another. Does not commonly give details about how or when money will be paid back or list any interest rate, payment penalties, etc.
Loan Release Form – After a note has been paid-in-full this document should be issued as proof that the borrower has satisfied their debt.
Personal Loan Agreement – For most loans from individual to individual.
Secured Promissory Note – Loan agreement that lists assets that are to be handed to the lender if the payment is not made in accordance with the form.
Unsecured Promissory Note – Similar to a standard loan agreement, a document that lists a promise to pay with dates, interest rate, and penalties (if any).
Table of Contents
- Forms by Type
- Using a Loan Agreement
- Common Loan Terms
- How to take out (get) a loan?
- Apply for Loan Online
- How to Write
A loan agreement can come in many variations and the purpose for a loan are a many. An individual or business can use a loan agreement to set out terms such as an amortization table detailing interest (if any) or by detailing the monthly payment on a loan. The greatest aspect of a loan is that it can be customized as you see fit by being highly detailed or just a simple note. No matter the case, any loan agreement must be signed, in writing, by both parties.
- Lending Money to Family & Friends – When talking about loans, most relate loans to banks, credit unions, mortgages and financial aid but hardly do people consider obtaining a loan agreement for friends and family because they are just that – friends and family. Why would I need a loan agreement for people I trust the most? A loan agreement is not a sign that you don’t trust someone, it is simply a document you should always have in writing when loaning money just like having your driver’s license with you whenever you drive a car. The people who give you a hard time about wanting a loan in writing are the same people you should be worried about the most – always have a loan agreement when loaning money.
Acceleration – A clause within a loan agreement that protects the lender by requiring the borrower to pay off the loan (both the principal and any accumulated interest) immediately if certain conditions occur.
Borrower – The individual or company receiving money from the lender which will then have to pay back the money according to the terms in the loan agreement.
Collateral – An item of worth, such as a house, is used as insurance to protect the lender in the event the borrower is unable to pay back the loan.
Default – Should the borrower default due to their failure to pay, the interest rate shall continue to accrue according to the agreement, as set forth by the lender, on the balance of the loan until the loan is paid in full.
Interest (Usury) – The cost associated with borrowing the money.
Late-Payment – If the borrower anticipates that they may be late on their payment, they must contact and make arrangements with the lender. Additional late fees may apply.
Lender – The individual or company releasing funds to the borrower which will then be payed back their principal, usually with interest, according to the terms set in the loan agreement.
Repayment Schedule – An outline detailing the loan’s principal and interest, the loan payments, when payments are due and the length of the loan.
Step 1 – Know Your Credit Score
The first step into obtaining any loan is to know your credit score via a credit report which you can typically buy for 30 dollars from either TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian. The better your credit score is, the easier it will be to obtain a loan. If your credit score isn’t up to par, you will want to resolve any lingering debts and if you have no credit history at all, you should apply for a Secured Credit Card in order to start building your credit. Lenders will also want to see your current and past personal income, as a stable source of income will greatly increase your chances of acquiring a loan.
Step 2 – Obtaining a Secured vs. Unsecured Loan
Your next hurdle is choosing between a Secured or Unsecured loan. Secured loans force the borrower to put up collateral, such as a home or a car, in case the loan is not repaid. This type of loan tends to have a lower interest rate. Unsecured loans do not require the borrower to provide collateral and are largely associated with personal loans and credit cards. Most loans are issued by banks and credit unions, which have harder qualifications, or by family and friends which have lower qualifications.
Step 3 – Apply for the Loan
Once you have found the financial institution or a personal associate, you need to apply for the loan. In most cases, the lender will need to access your credit report, which can hurt your credit score in the process, in order to give you an offer. Most lenders can give you an estimated offer and repayment schedule without having to open your credit report if you know and are honest about your current credit score. If you like the offer, you can proceed to submit an application with your lending institution which can take anywhere from 3-10 days.
Most online services offering loans usually offer quick cash type loans such as Pay Day Loans, Installment Loans, Line of Credit Loans and Title Loans. Loans such as these should be avoided as Lenders will charge maximum rates, as the APR (Annual Percentage Rate) can easily go over 200%. It’s very unlikely that you will obtain an adequate mortgage for a house or a business loan online.
If you do decide to take out a personal loan online, make sure you do so with a qualified-well known bank as you can often find competitive low interest rates. The application process will take longer as more information is needed such as your employment and income information. Banks may even want to see your tax returns.
How can I get personal loans for bad credit?
The lower your credit score is, the higher the APR (Hint: You want low APR) will be on a loan and this is typically true for online lenders and banks. You should have no problem obtaining a personal loan with bad credit as many online providers cater to this demographic, but it will be difficult to pay back the loan as you will be paying back double or triple the principal of the loan when it’s all said and done. Payday loans are a widely offered personal loan for people with bad credit as all you need to show is proof of employment. The lender will then give you an advance and your next paycheck will go to payoff the loan plus a big chunk of interest.
Subsidized loan vs Unsubsidized loan?
A Subsidized loan is for students going to school and its claim to fame is that it does not accrue interest while the student is in school. An Unsubsidized loan is not based on financial need and it can be used for both undergraduate and graduate students.
What is sharking?
An individual or organization practicing predatory lending by charging high interest rates (Known as a “Loan Shark“). Each State has its own limits on interest rates (called the “Usury Rate”) and loan sharks illegally charge higher than the allowed maximum rate, although not all loan sharks practice illegally but instead deceitfully charge the highest interest rate legal under law.
What does consolidate mean?
Put simply, to consolidate is to take out one sizable loan to payoff many other loans by having only one payment to make every month. This is a good idea if you can find a low interest rate and you want simplicity in your life.
What is a parent plus loan?
A Parent Plus Loan, also known as a “Direct PLUS loan”, is a federal student loan obtained by the parent of a child needing financial help for school. The parent must have a healthy credit score in order to obtain this loan. It offers a fixed interest rate and flexible loan terms, however this type of loan has a higher interest rate than a direct loan. Parents generally would only obtain this loan to minimize the amount of student debt on their child.
The following example shows how to write and complete our Free Loan Agreement Template. Follow the steps and enter in your information accordingly.
Step 1 – Loan Amount, Borrower and Lender
The most important characteristic of any loan is the amount of money being borrowed, therefore the first thing you want to write on your document is the amount, which can be located on the first line. Follow by entering the name and address of the Borrower and next the Lender. In this example, the Borrower is located in the State of New York and he is asking to borrow $10,000 from the lender.
Step 2 – Payment
Not all loans are structured the same, some lenders prefer payments every week, every month, or some other type of preferred time schedule. Most loans typically use the monthly payment schedule, therefore in this example, the Borrower will be required to pay the Lender on the 1st of every month while the Total Amount shall be paid by January 1st, 2019 giving the borrower 2 years to pay off the loan.
Step 3 – Interest
The interest charged on a loan is regulated by the State in which it originates and it’s governed by the State’s Usury Rate Laws. Each State’s Usury Rate varies therefore it’s important to know the rate before charging the borrower an interest rate. In this example, our loan originates in the State of New York, which has a maximum Usury Rate of 16% which we will use.
Step 4 – Expenses
In the event that the Borrower defaults on the loan, the Borrower is responsible for all fees, including any attorney fees. No matter the case, the Borrower is still responsible for paying the principal and interest if a default occurs. Simply enter the State in which the loan originated.
Step 5 – Governing Law
The State in which your loan originates, meaning the State in which the Lender’s business operates or resides, is the State that will govern your loan. In this example, our loan originated in the State of New York.
Step 6 – Signing
A loan will not be legally binding without signatures from both the Borrower and Lender. For extra protection regarding to both parties, it’s strongly recommended to have two witnesses sign and be present at the time of signing.