Fees and Charges Of A Personal Loan
Other than interest rates itself, there are several other fees and charges involved when it comes to applying for a personal loan. Often, people fail to factor in these charges. Some of the common fees and charges of a personal loan are processing fees, stamping fees, early repayment and late payment charges.
– This is basically a fee that lenders charge to cover the cost of processing your loan. It is usually non-refundable and the charges vary from one bank to another. Depending on the lender, the fee is generally a very small percentage of the loan. However, bear in mind that not all banks impose such charges.
– The stamping fee is essentially a fee paid to the Malaysian Government (Stamp Office) for the stamping of the loan agreement made between the borrower and lender. The normal stamping fee rate is around 0.5% of the loan, or RM5 per RM1,000. However, there are some banks that do not charge stamping fees.
Early repayment charges
– This is charged only when a borrower decides to fully repay the loan amount before the term is over. Again, the charges differ from one bank to another. Although some banks may charge a flat rate of, say RM200 on early repayment, others may charge borrowers based on a certain percentage of their outstanding balance.
Late payment charges
– whenever the monthly repayment of a loan is delayed, or made after the due-date, depending on the bank, a fee is generally imposed on the borrower. This fee is usually charged as a percentage of the outstanding loan amount.
The fees charged by banks can accumulate to a significant amount if you’re not careful. Therefore, it is always advisable that you factor in these additional costs prior to applying for a personal loan.
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