There are two main ways individuals and businesses can obtain funds on credit: Loans and lines of credit. While both options allow you to borrow from a lender, their arrangements differ greatly. Find out which option will work best for your circumstances by learning more about what sets them apart, below.
A Loan vs. a Line of Credit
An important difference is when the money can be accessed. With a loan, you apply for the amount you want and, upon approval, you get the full sum in one large payment. To get that amount again, you need to apply for another loan even after the original has been paid off. As such, this option is best for single, large purchases, like a home or car.
A line of credit differs from a standard loan because it's revolving. As with a credit card, you can access the money in portions or all at once, and then re-access it again as long as there is a balance on the account. If you've used the entire sum, you’ll have to pay it down to use the available amount again.
While both options accrue interest, the repayment between the two choices also differ. With a loan, there's typically a set monthly amount that stays the same throughout the payoff. The payment for a line of credit varies based on what is owed during that billing cycle.
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