- Loans are calculated at a rate of 12%.
- The majority of loan applications can be approved by our fully trained loans officers and you will receive an immediate decision.
- However if it’s your first loan, if it’s for a particularly large sum of money or there are concerns about how the account is being maintained, then the application will be referred to Credit Committee.
- Credit Committee is made up of a group of volunteers who meet every Tuesday night to discuss loan applications.
- Each of them have many years of Credit Union experience and in making their decisions they take into consideration whether by granting you a loan are they helping you, or simply getting you into a financial situation you can’t afford.
- They also have a responsibility to other Members of the Credit Union to ensure money lent is likely to be repaid. After all money that you borrow belongs to Members of the Credit Union, therefore, if it is not repaid it is other Members who suffer.
Repaying your loan: promissory note, change circumstances
- Whenever you take a loan you sign a promissory note (a legally binding document) agreeing to pay off your loan within a specified period of time.
The maximum period for most loans is 5 years, however some special rate loans such as our Christmas loans have to be completed within a 12 month period.
- We always recommend that Members complete their loan as quickly as possible in order to minimize the amount of interest they pay.
- Portaferry Credit Union considers itself to be an understanding lender, so if your circumstances change and you experience difficulties meeting your agreed repayments, it’s very important that you contact our office to discuss your situation.
- If you don’t contact us and you either stop making payments on your account, or you pay less than the agreed amount, we will assume not that you can’t make repayments, but that you won’t. That being the case we are obliged to pursue the outstanding monies on behalf of the other Members of Portaferry Credit Union.
- A guarantor is a person that guarantees that a loan will be paid. Usually, this person agrees to pay another person’s debt if he or she should fail to do so himself or herself. The term is most commonly used in reference to financial assistance.