With interest rates as high as 10 per cent, people looking for low-cost loans are finding themselves locked into the bank of a large corporation, even if the interest rate is only one percentage point below the national average.
Sebi loan services is an egg loan lender based in Sydney’s north-west and provides loans to people with limited incomes.
It is not a bank and it does not have a branch network but it is a small business that offers loans to households with low incomes.
Sesa is a private, for-profit company with more than 3,000 customers across the Sydney CBD and is backed by a group of investors.
Sesi also has an international network of over 1,000 lenders that offer loans to low-income people and their families across the globe.
“We have a business model where we’re a small family owned business that provides loan services for households with very little income,” said Sesa managing director, Simon Farrar.
Mr Farram says while the company is not yet offering any loans for people who are on low incomes, it is the most affordable way to go.
“Our aim is to be affordable to the average person, so they’re not stuck with an enormous debt to service, so to speak,” he said.
“But there’s a good chance that if you get a loan from a low-interest bank, you might get it through a low interest rate.”
Sesa offers loans for a range of income levels, ranging from $1000 to $30,000.
“There’s not a lot of information out there about SoFi, so we’ve put together a really quick guide,” Mr Farramp said.
Mr Karrath said SoFi’s approach is not for everyone, but it does offer people with low income the opportunity to have access to affordable, low-rate loans.
“The people that come in are usually the lowest income groups in society, so if they’re looking for a loan that is affordable, that they can afford to repay, and they’re also willing to do a bit of work, that’s what we’ve been doing,” he explained.
“If you’re in a position where you have a high debt and you’re going to repay it and you’ve got a high monthly payment, then we would say that’s the perfect loan.”
You’re going into a loan where you’re likely to be making about $30 or $40 a week, but if you’re earning less, that will be about $3 or $4 a week.
“Sebias focus on low interest ratesThe company does not charge any upfront fees, and its loans are paid on a monthly basis.
Sesa also has a dedicated phone line for people to get in touch with an adviser.”
When you go into the loan, the loan officer will go through the application and we’ll then give you a quote for the loan,” Mr Karram said.
For a deposit of $30 and $50, the adviser will help to assess your income, income levels and assets to give you an idea of how much you could make a loan to.”
What we can’t do is get in there and say ‘Oh, you’re low income, you have no assets and you have to pay back the loan’.
“But the company also provides a simple, one-stop shop for people with small savings to get started.”
For a small deposit of about $60, the advisor can do the application, they’ll help you with the balance, the amount of money you want to put in, then they’ll go through and see if you qualify for a low loan,” he added.”
Once you’ve gone through the process, then the loan manager will help you get the loan.
“Mr Kararrath believes the best way to get a good loan is to look at a range and compare the interest rates offered.”
It’s hard to find the best interest rate, so for the low income community, we recommend you look at the low loan that’s available in Sydney, so that if there’s one that’s lower than the national one, you can apply for that loan,” said Mr Kararath.”
They will be offering loans at very low interest that can be repaid in a few months, so it can be a viable loan.
“For more information on low-priced loans, including advice on how to get the best rate, visit SoFi.com.au.