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Bank Of America Signature Loans

Updated on July 31, 2012

Bank of America signature loans, like most other signature loans are typically used when you need some money pretty bad. This is because you will typically be charged above market interest rates. In fact many times you will pay more in interest with a signature loan then you will with a credit card. This of course depends on a lot of factors including your credit rating and your employment history.

The reasons for this make sense as all the bank is getting from you is your signature and your supposed good faith.  While you may be the best borrower in the history of borrowing the bank has no way to know this aside from your credit report.

In fact due to the nature of a Bank of America signature loan they are also often referred to as good faith loans, character loans, and the most accurate terms like unsecured loan, uncollateralized loan, and non asset backed loans.  As you can tell with these types of names signature loans are riskier for the banks and therefore they charge a higher interest rate so that they can make up for the money that they lose on non performing signature and other loans.

Interest Rates For Bank of America

Most of the time you're going to be asked to pay at least 10% on an unsecured loan from this bank. Yes, signature loans are considered to be unsecured because there isn't any collateral to back the loan. If your credit is poor you can expect to pay interest rates that are even higher, possibly as high as 16%.

Why Interest Rates Are High On Signature Loans

If everyone paid their loans off then people could get mad at the rates they are charged but the sad facts are that a lot of people have more debt then they should and subsequently they are not able to service their debt and pay it off on time.  If people would start becoming responsible for their debt then interest rates would drop like a rock across the board.

Of course this is hoping too much.  So when you go to get your Bank of America signature loan what do you need?  You will want to know ahead of time what your credit score is and why it is at its current level.  If you have been responsible your score will be high and you can rest well knowing that you will likely get a solid loan rate.  If on the other hand your score is really low you will want to see if there are any mistakes in the report.  This will help you quickly raise your score and pay a lower interest rate. 

Another worthwhile tactic is to pay off any small defaulted loans as you can usually squeeze out a few extra points on your credit and since every bit helps you might get a better rate on your Bank of America signature loan. Finally you can get a co-signer who will become responsible for your loan if you default.

Other Loans To Consider First

If you have any type of collateral that can be used, I would highly recommend using it before taking out a signature loan. This will save you a ton of money on interest and obviously that's the name of the game when you're playing with debt. If you can use a car, a home, an insurance policy, or a business as collateral it could save you thousands and will also allow you to borrow more money.

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Lately a LOT of people who have bad credit have been reading my financial advice. Things financial are a lot easier if you have solid credit. If you don't, I hope that I can help. Getting Bad Credit Bank Loans is a resource that can help you to progress towards getting a loan from a bank - even if your credit isn't perfect.

To get most loans (the exception is student loans) you will need to have a good credit score. I have written a series of articles about credit that help you to understand how this process works. Does Anyone Have A 300 Credit Score talks about how the credit scoring process works and explains why almost no one has a score in the 300 range. How Bad Is A 300 Credit Score teaches you how bad the situation is if you do.

How To Raise Your Credit Score 300 Points teaches you exactly what I did to go from a credit score of under 500 to a score of over 800. Hopefully these credit articles will be helpful to you.

If you're a student, don't get any loans at all until you've looked into Pell grants. They are seriously awesome. Bank of America is a huge lender for home loans and if you're interested in one of those you should take a look at the home mortgage loan requirements. If you can't qualify for a regular loan with Bank of America you might be able to get it secured through the FHA loan program. If you want to find out, take a look at the FHA loan requirements.

If you start to get into some financial trouble, you should most definitely take a look at unsecured debt consolidation loans. They can help you to restructure your credit card debt so that it won't ruin your life.

Lately I've been wondering if B of A offers no credit check personal loans. I looked into it and that's a huge no. They do not have this type of loan and check your credit for everything.

Loans From Other Banks

For your convenience, here is some information for signature loans from other banks: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Bank One, JP Morgan Chase.

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      Joseph Hatcher 

      11 months ago

      I have to pay house note off and keep my family out of the street because no where too go

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      Joseph Hatcher 

      11 months ago

      Yes it is

    • monicamelendez profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Thanks Ron. Incidentally, I'm super into fitness and love interval training. I do a lot of CrossFit!

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      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      You're so right bgamall. It is honestly incredible how much they are able to charge in interest rates on credit cards. The system is pretty messed up. In the three years since I wrote this hub originally, I have completely eliminated all debts except for the mortgage on my reasonable home. I bought a home in March of this year and already have three years of the 30 year mortgage paid off. I plan on getting it down to 15 years within the next 12 months. Just have to work hard to make it happen. I'm pretty disappointed in the banking system in general and appreciate what you're saying here.

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      6 years ago

      I am glad that I spoted this hub, exactly what I was searching for.

      Ron from Fitness

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      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hi Monica, I think people should start walking away from all loans. There is no other way to weaken the international banking system then to walk away. It is fascinating that BAC has what are called "character" loans. Truth is, BAC charges credit card rates of 15 to 30+percent while borrowing at 1/2 percent. What happened to the "character" of Bank of America!

      Truth is, this usurious greedy bank is a part of the international banking system that brought liar loans to the United States through Basel 2 shadow banking. This bank is part of an international system that has profitted from both sides in war.

      Of course the bank in charge of BAC is the private Federal Reserve bank who holds most of the US debt. The Fed is a representative of international banking, and is an evil intrusion into our democracy. It has been steadily gaining power over the years, as have central banks in other places.

      Lets face facts. Bernanke, a private banker, ordered Paulson, the Secretary of the Treasury, to force BAC ceo Ken Lewis to buy Merrill Lynch. You can see that the private central banker, Bernanke, was in charge.

      It is such a fraud on the American people that all this is happening. Andrew Jackson threw out the central bank in his day. It is time that leaders of the US do the same.

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      9 years ago

      Monica has anyone ever told you that you are kind of a tease? Yeah you are hot but why must you lead me on?


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