A personal loan can finance a life event, unexpected expense, home remodel, bill consolidation or even a vacation. ConsumerAffairs researched the best personal loans in San Diego whose companies offer a streamlined application process and quick access to funds.
With home sales growing, investing in a remodel of an old home can increase its value. Homeowners in older neighborhoods undergoing housing improvements, like in Normal Heights or North Park, might consider personal loans to help maintain the value of their homes.
With a personal loan, you can spend the money on anything unlike loans granted for home or vehicle purchases. One advantage of personal loans is their relatively low interest rates compared to credit card cash advances. Longer terms allow for lower monthly payments. Another advantage of a personal loan is that it’s based on your creditworthiness and not tied to property, like a house or car.
Personal loans might be available to those with low credit scores, but the trade-off is a higher interest rate. For example, credit unions tend to have more relaxed lending criteria for lower credit scores.
How to get a personal loan in San Diego
A personal loan application can be completed online for both online lenders and credit unions. It’s a good idea to have the following available:
Social Security number
Current credit score
Gross annual income
Additional documentation, like proof of income (i.e. pay stub) and proof of address (i.e. utility bill), might be required. Some applications might ask about the purpose of the loan.
Depending on the lender, a personal loan might be deposited into your account in as little as one day. Minimum and maximum amounts are set by lenders and depend on your financial situation. In California, usury laws limit the amount of interest on personal loans. Ask your lender about this. For San Diego military families borrowing money, make sure the lender knows about your rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
Borrowing for a personal loan might incur an origination fee, which will be deducted from the amount deposited into your account. Loans are paid back in a set number of installments typically ranging from six to 60 months. In some cases, there is no penalty for prepayment.
Best Eggs loans are available online. The lender claims it can process and deposit some loans in as little as one day, so San Diego borrowers who need fast cash might choose this option. Reviewers in California like the ease of the online process. San Diego customers will appreciate the availability of Spanish-speaking customer service agents.
NetCredit is an online lender based in Chicago. They offer a one-day period during which you can return the loan if you change your mind. In addition to loans, the company’s website offers tools for managing money. Overall, California reviewers appreciate the ease of application and quick deposit of funds, but some note high interest rates.
This online lender offers personal loans from $7,500 up to $40,000. Borrowers can qualify in one day and get funds within three business days. Terms last between two and five years. FreedomPlus customers recommend the company to others and note how helpful reps are during the application process.
Credit Direct Loans
Credit Direct Loans is an online company that will match you with a lender based on your financial situation. Based in Maryland, Credit Direct is licensed to conduct business in California and reviewers here generally report an efficient process and helpful customer service.
California Coast Credit Union
A federally insured credit union, California Coast was founded in San Diego and has many locations throughout the county. Their personal loans range from $500 to $30,000. While some appreciate the personal touch and welcoming feeling at the branches, many local reviewers complained of poor customer service.
San Diego County Credit Union
San Diego County Credit Union serves San Diego and neighboring counties. Teachers can get a special no-interest, short-term personal loan for their classroom needs. Reviewers in San Diego experienced a mix of excellent and unsatisfactory customer service.