Britain improving not moving: £4 billion of personal loans taken out to pay for home improvements

Britain improving not moving: £4 billion of personal loans taken out to pay for home improvements
· An estimated 425,000 loans were taken out for home improvements during 2008(1)
· 53% increase in the number of loans taken out partially or wholly for home improvements from 2007 to 2008(1)
· Sainsbury’s Finance personal loans for between £7,000 and £25,000 have been cut to 8.1% online. This is a limited offer and is one of the lowest rates in the market

The state of the housing market is causing people to spend increasing amounts on home improvements, according to Sainsbury’s Finance, which offers one of the most competitive personal loan rates of 8.1% APR typical for balances of over £7,000. It estimates that in 2008, around 425,000 personal loans worth over £4 billion were taken out purely to pay for home improvements. This represents a 24% increase in the quantity of loans taken out for this purpose in 2007, and a 22% increase in the total value of loans(1).

In total £11.3 billion worth of loans were taken out partially or wholly to cover home improvements during 2008, spread across more than 1.1 million loans(2). This is 53% more loans than were taken out partially or wholly for home improvements during 2007(1).

Steven Baillie, Head of Loans at Sainsbury’s said: “It is well-documented that the housing market struggled last year, and our figures might suggest that people have decided to stay put and make the most of their existing homes. It may also suggest however that they’re trying to add value to their current homes in order to get a better price for them when the property market recovers.

“If people do decide that they need a loan to pay for their home improvements, they should make sure they look around for the best rates on the market, which could save them a considerable amount in repayments.”

About Sainsbury’s personal loans:
Sainsbury’s Finance has cut its loan rates for any online applications of £7,000 or more (up to £25,000) to 8.1% APR typical. In addition to one of the most competitive rates in the marketplace, customers taking out a Sainsbury’s Finance Loan benefit from:

· A personally tailored repayment period, from one to seven years
· Fixed repayments for the whole period of the loan
· An instant personal loan decision
· The money in 24 hours

For further information call 0800 169 8502, log onto www.sainsburysbank.co.uk or pick up a leaflet in your Sainsbury’s supermarket.

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