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If you’re looking for that something special, search no further than Nelvin’s Creations — now right on Main Street in Franklin, Louisiana. If you do stop by, don’t forget to say hello to the smiling face and creative energy behind this charming and unique shop. Meet Nelvin Coleman.
As a valued customer since 2005, when she needed some extra cash for her life and business, she turned to 1st Franklin Financial right nearby. “They are good people to deal with. It’s just nice service … for the community,” says Nelvin.
Thanks very much, Nelvin. And welcome to Main Street!
Why not let the Friendly Franklin Folks help you do life? Just call or stop by your local branch today.
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Katherine Harrell September 16th, 2019
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Imagine your financial debt picture with:
1 fixed payment
1 payment a month
1 single lender
With a Debt Consolidation Loan, the idea of combining your outstanding bills into one fixed monthly payment is easier than you may think. This could be credit card bills, car loans, medical bills, utility bills, and more.
A Debt Consolidation Loan can lower your
credit card balances, help payoff overdue medical bills and eliminate extra
fees for late payments from multiple vendors.
As a single working mom with lots of credit
cards to pay each month, Julie noticed each had different interest rates and
due dates. Some of her cards even had variable interest rates that sometimes
changed over time. With her busy schedule and active kids, Julie occasionally
missed a due date and ended up paying more fees while also negatively impacting
her credit. Julie often wondered if there might be a way to simplify her
monthly bill paying — and maybe help avoid those higher rates and extra fees.
A Debt Consolidation Loan cuts down on the
paperwork since you no longer receive multiple bills from different creditors
each month. This process might even increase the credit amount available to you
at a later date.
A Debt Consolidation Loan can be an effective way to:
The Bottom Line
Sometimes it just might pay to “put all your
eggs in one basket” when it comes to managing your debt. Why not let 1st
Franklin Financial be the one to help. Apply now or give your local branch a
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Katherine Harrell September 4th, 2019
At 1st Franklin Financial, we love helping customers get funds fast. As a part of the application process, you’ll need to provide us with a few documents to secure your loan. We pride ourselves on making this process quick and easy for our customers, so we put together the following checklist to help you get prepared.*
First, we’ll need to confirm your identity. To do that, we’ll need two proofs of ID from the list below.
In order to complete the loan application process, we will also need to confirm your address. To prove your address, please provide one of the documents below when you come into a branch.
Finally, we will need to verify your income. Please provide one of the documents below so we can finalize the loan amount you will qualify for.
For most customers, that’s it! But, in some situations, we’ll need additional documentation. Here are a few scenarios that may require additional paperwork:
If you are ready to apply for a loan, get started now with our easy online loan application! Once completed, our “Friendly Franklin Folks” will be in touch to guide you through the rest of the process and find a convenient time for you to visit a local branch to complete your application.
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*Approval and actual loan terms depend on your ability to meet our credit criteria (including annual income, debt ratios, and credit report and history) and the availability of collateral. Annual percentage rates vary depending on your credit profile and state restrictions. For example, a customer with a good credit history and minimum gross income requirements may qualify for a loan with an APR of 21.99%. Maximum APR’s vary by state. 1st Franklin Financial Corporation, NMLS #141654, Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee #5656. Active duty military, their spouse or dependents covered by the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) may not pledge a vehicle as collateral.
Katherine Harrell August 12th, 2019
We can all use a break from reality from time to time, and a vacation is one of the best ways to escape. But, let’s face it, vacationing can be expensive. The good news is you don’t even need to leave town – you can plan a staycation! Sometimes a break from our usual routine is all we need for a little refresh which makes a staycation a great option. We don’t often take the time to explore our own towns and a staycation gives the chance to do just that.
1. Visit Local Attractions
Find museums, amusement parks, camping sites, miniature golf – the possibilities are endless! Ask around to discover the best attractions that are close to home. You’ll probably discover a few attractions you never even knew about.
2. Attend Local Events
Most towns have events happening throughout the summer – and some are even free! Search on Facebook or check your local newspaper. You may find carnivals, festivals, block parties, fireworks and more! Check your local event venues for any shows coming to town. Saving money on flights and a hotel by staying at home gives you extra cash to use on tickets for an entertainment act.
3. Try a New Restaurant
Have a few favorite restaurants you frequent? It’s time to try something new! Visit the local breakfast spot, grab lunch at a food truck or check out the new BBQ everyone is raving about. Eating out always feels like a treat, so planning a few meals out can make your staycation feel more like a vacation! Bonus: no cleanup. 😉
4. Get Outside
Getting outside and into nature is good for the soul! Pack up the car with drinks and snacks and try out some local hiking trails. Bring your swimsuits along and take a dip in the local swimming hole, lake or river. Relax in the grass, play games and just enjoy spending time together. Put the cell phones and tablets away, unwind and feel rejuvenated!
5. Make Your Own Backyard Paradise
Pick up an inflatable pool, sprinkler and yard games to create your very own backyard paradise! Leave the chores and to-do list behind and enjoy quality family time. Show off your grilling skills for dinner with hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more summer staples. Top off your day with s’mores around the fire. Then, set up a tent and sleep under the stars. You’ll create lasting memories without leaving the house!
These are our top 5 tips for planning a staycation. If you’re still craving a vacation somewhere warm and sandy, let us help. Our 1st Franklin Financial Personal Loans, starting at $300 and up to $15,000, can help make your dream vacation possible. Create family memories without breaking the budget!
Katherine Harrell June 27th, 2019
There’s no shortage of lessons a parent can teach a child. From sharing, riding a bike, cooking, and driving, parents are constantly teaching their children through instruction and example. One lesson that often slips through the cracks is how to be smart with money. In fact, a recent study by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that only 24% of millennials demonstrate basic financial literacy. With school-supported personal finance programs few and far between, it is often a parent’s responsibility to teach their kids about spending and saving.
No matter how savvy you consider yourself, there are plenty of ways to teach your children invaluable financial literacy skills at any stage. As you’ll see below, it is truly never too late (or too soon) to start learning.
Small children may be too young to understand the value of money, but the perfect age to begin counting with coins. Start to teach your toddler the difference between pennies, nickels, and dimes – just make sure they don’t swallow them!
No matter what age your child is, teaching them about finance is an invaluable way to help set them up for future success. Start now to help them build the foundation for strong financial literacy and independence. Simply talking about money with your kids can help empower them to start asking questions and developing skills that will last a lifetime.
Katherine Harrell June 11th, 2019
What is “Good Debt” vs. “Bad Debt” and what makes them different? Millions of Americans each day use debt, which can be defined as money borrowed from one party to another, to pay for a wide range of products and services. Whether you have a car loan, a home mortgage, or a credit card – you have participated in taking on debt in exchange for immediate cash flow. We’ll take you through the various types of debt, and together explore a platform for decision making when it comes to debt.
Good Debt or Bad Debt?
If you are like millions of Americans, the list of different types of debt is reminiscent of a personal experience – or an ongoing issue that you are currently battling. Don’t worry – you are not alone. While most debt feels like a burden or obligation, some types of debt provide a chance to either build credit or provide purchasing power that you wouldn’t have otherwise. So, let’s take a look at what might be considered “Good Debt” or “Bad Debt” so you can prioritize your financial decisions and possible payment plans for your current debt.
To keep it simple, let’s define “Good Debt” as any type of debt that helps build your income or overall net worth. You’re probably thinking, wait – are you telling me there is debt that can allow me to improve my income and my net worth? The answer is, YES – but it has both its pros and cons. Let’s take a quick look at what many would consider to be “Good Debt” and why this would be the case.
Home Mortgage – Many would consider a mortgage to be at the top of the list for “Good Debt.” Not only does this debt provide you the purchasing power to get into a home, it is often an asset that appreciates over time. Said another way, by securing debt for a home you have the opportunity to see the value of your home rise over time and become a positive growth asset.
Student Loan – While this type of debt is debatable among Americans, it continues to be considered an opportunity to experience higher-education and grow your earning power. Have you ever heard of the term “The more you learn, the more you earn?” This is typically the case for those who secure a degree. There are many options for higher education, whether you choose a trade school, community college, or a state university. If you keep an eye on where you go to school, the overall cost, and where you plan to secure post-graduation work – a student loan can be a great decision.
Small Business Loan – This type of loan can have significant upside, but an equal amount of risk. As noted prior, many businesses have trouble surviving in their first couple of years – so the risk and reward need to be weighed appropriately. If a small business owner has the ability to secure a loan, which is hard to come by, and successfully run a profitable business – the original debt secured to run the business can mostly be considered good debt.
The bottom line is this – if you secure debt that can potentially lower your income and net worth, it can be considered “Bad Debt.” Many items we purchase in our life immediately depreciate after purchase, like clothes and other consumables, and the vehicles we drive each and every day. While many of these types of debts are necessary to acquire, the best bet is to limit your exposure to these expenses and maximize your potential with appreciating assets. Easier said than done, right?
Car Loan – While a vehicle is essential, it is even more important to secure a reliable manufacturer and a healthy vehicle report. The smart play is to be vigilant in your approach to purchasing a vehicle so you don’t overextend yourself with your preferred mode of transportation.
Credit Cards – Credit Card companies have made it unbelievably easy for Americans to charge an expense with ease and speed. Since most consumers know exactly what their limit is, the spending control as a behavior is tough to manage. Carrying a balance month-to-month accumulates with high-interest rates and compounds with late fees if a minimum payment is not made. It is very easy to over-utilize the all-important credit utilization rate, and in turn damage your credit score – which is one of the main health indicators for lenders.
Late Utility and Cell Phone Bills – This expense should be an obvious “Bad Debt” flag, but many people still put off payments on these bills month after month. At the end of the day, a timely payment to a utility bill or cell phone company can improve your credit score and your borrowing ability. If you sacrifice your timely payments to these companies, you can find yourself quickly in a bind with collection agencies and lower credit worthiness in the eyes of many lenders. Stick to an on-time payment and find other areas in your financial life to negotiate when the rubber meets the road.
If managed correctly, both “Good Debt” and “Bad Debt” can be utilized to provide you the lifestyle that suits YOU. According to the Consumer Financial Bureau, if you keep your debt-to-income ratio under 43%, you put yourself in a good position to show lenders that you have the ability to pay off a loan. As a good practice, keep paying your bills and debt obligations in a timely manner, and allow yourself the ability to improve your credit score over time. When considering future financial decisions, take a moment to evaluate if your new debt will provide you with greater income and net worth. Even the best “Good Debt” choices can work against your financial situation, so take care in your decision-making process, and keep these borrowing basics in mind.
Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
zap August 31st, 2018
Through the course of life, there are times you may need additional money beyond your expected monthly take-home pay. The reality is – life costs money. Even the best planners can find themselves in a position where they need extra funds. Whether you’re trying to cover an unexpected expense, planning to consolidate debt, or preparing for a major purchase – a personal loan might be a good solution for you. Before you apply for a personal loan, here are eight questions to consider:
1. What is a Personal Loan?
A personal loan is money borrowed for personal reasons. Personal loans are often used to consolidate debt, fund home improvement projects, cover medical expenses, or simply pay for a major purchase or vacation. Personal loans are often borrowed from a consumer finance organization, and provided in a lump sum payment. This personal loan is typically repaid at a fixed interest rate over a set period of time.
2. Are there different types of Personal Loans?
Yes. Personal loans can be either “secured or unsecured” and vary depending on your ability to meet specific credit criteria. Secured debt is a loan that is guaranteed by collateral, and collateral is an asset that the lender an take if the borrower defaults. Collateral can include personal vehicles, jewelry, or other personal property. Unsecured debt is a loan guaranteed without an asset serving as collateral. To break it down even further, it depends on your annual income, credit score, existing debt, and the availability of credit (among other factors).
3. How are my Finances?
Before making a financial decision, many people check in with their current financial health. If you know your full financial story, it allows you and a potential lender to put together the right plan for your finances – and figure out the amount of money you may need for a loan. Take a close look at your overall annual income and expenses. You’ll also want to know your overall debt, because this will also be considered when applying for a loan.
4. What is my Credit Score?
A credit score is used by lenders (and other financial institutions) to determine whether or not to offer you a loan. A higher number is a better number and is calculated on a range of 300 – 850. Before securing a loan, there are many resources available that provide a free annual credit report. There are three major reporting groups that often offer free credit reporting: Experian, Equifax, and Transunion. Not only can you receive your score, but you will then have a better understanding of what factors are impacting your score.
5. What is an Interest Rate?
An interest rate is the amount charged, as a percentage of the loan principal, by the lender to the borrower for use of the asset. This is basically a rental charge (interest rate) to the borrower for the use the of the money (personal loan). If you take out a personal loan, you will most likely pay both the principal and interest back to the lender, in addition to any other fees that might be associated with the loan. A lender will often charge a lower interest rate for lower-risk borrowers, and a higher interest rate for higher-risk borrowers – which can be determined by your annual income, credit score, existing debt, and the availability of credit (among other factors).
6. Will a Personal Loan Help My Credit Score?
It depends on the lender, and whether or not they are reporting to a major credit reporting bureau. (Please note, customers who choose 1st Franklin Financial Corporation will have their information reported to a major credit reporting bureau.) If the lender is reporting to a credit bureau, and you pay off your loan according to the provided terms, you will definitely have a chance to boost your score with on-time payments throughout the life of the loan. It’s important to note that this can have the reverse effect to your score if you don’t pay on-time, which is usually within 30 days of your monthly due date. If you happen to be swapping credit card debt for a personal loan, this can reduce your credit utilization, (which measures the amount of your credit limit that’s being used) which in turn could boost your overall credit score as well.
7. How much should I borrow?
The minimum and maximum borrowing limits are set by each lender and the amount of your personal loan limit depends on your creditworthiness. (This goes back to our questions above for “How are my Finances” and “What is My Credit Score?”) When you work with a lender it’s important to secure an amount you feel absolutely confident you can repay – so you limit the risk of overextending yourself.
8. How long will it take to pay off my loan?
Before taking out a personal loan, you’ll want to know the term of your loan. The term is defined as the amount of time or how long your loan will last with successful, regular payments. Loans are either “short-term or long-term,” from as little as one year, or as long as 30 years. The repayment of the principal and interest are due at the end of this time-frame. The “loan term” is important because it plays a part in determining your monthly payment and interest costs associated with your loan.
These are the 8 questions that should assist you in beginning your personal loan journey. As a reminder, be sure to get a full look at your current financial situation so you can make the best possible decision for your financial future. In the end, a personal loan has the incredible potential to build your overall credit worthiness and most importantly – secure the funds you need when you need them most.
zap August 27th, 2018
Attaining and maintaining financial strength and stability begins with a complete understanding of your income and expenses. The easiest way to achieve that is by creating a budget. A budget will help you increase your cash flow, reduce or eliminate your debt, create/maintain a savings plan and set a timeframe for achieving your financial goals.
Creating a budget is easy. Sticking to it is another matter. So be realistic when establishing your budget and be sure to include the entire family in the process so everyone is on board. As you set up short- and long-term goals, also set up incentives for meeting those goals. Sticking to a budget is easier when a reward is in sight.
To develop a smart and accurate budget, you need to identify all your numbers. Specifically:
Making smart choices
Meeting your financial goals requires you to make daily smart choices that support your long-term purpose. Begin by defining what expenses are necessities and which are luxuries. Be honest! If you are unable to meet your needs, you must first cut your expenses. If you are still unable to meet your needs, you must increase your income. A few other tips to help with meeting your daily budget:
zap January 29th, 2018
Identity theft is a growing crime which leaves behind long-lasting financial and emotional scars. While you can’t guarantee that you’ll never become a victim of identity theft, you can minimize your risk with a few simple steps.
Life throws us curveballs all the time. At one point, bad luck, poor choices or unfortunate circumstances may have landed your credit score on the lower end of the scale. While there are several credit scoring systems, the most popular is the FICO score which is used by the big three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). The FICO score ranges from 300 to 850, which is a perfect score.
The definition of a bad credit score will depend on the lender and the type of credit you’re seeking. For example, many home mortgage lenders consider anything below 620 as sub-prime while other lenders can consider 640 or 680 sub-prime. Sub-prime is defined as borrowers with tarnished or limited credit history who present more risk to lenders.
The impacts of bad credit extend far beyond what many people think of as the traditional consequences such as the inability to be approved for a credit card or purchase a home or car. Consumers with bad credit often find it difficult to:
Why the connection to employment? A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that six out of ten private employers check the credit histories of at least some of their job applicants, and 13 percent conduct them on all candidates to help prevent theft and get a sense of dependability of a candidate, among other reasons.
Borrowing even small amounts of money can present challenges since people with bad credit face limited options. Traditionally, banks have been the first choice for personal loans. However, if bad credit is an issue, the chances of approval are slim. Even without bad credit, securing loans for small dollar amounts is unlikely to happen since most banks won’t approve loans under $5,000 due to the lack of revenue generated by these small amounts.
So where does this leave consumers with borrowing needs of less than $5,000 who also have bad credit?
Installment loans are becoming an increasingly popular solution especially for those with bad credit. Installment loans help people with unexpected expenses or various life needs, such as:
Simply, an installment loan allows you to borrow once and then repay with regular, fixed payments (usually monthly payments that don’t increase or decrease) over a previously defined period of time. With good or bad credit, installment loans provide a fixed interest rate and a set monthly payment that is based on the loan balance, interest rate and time you have to repay the loan. This means that with each payment you make, you reduce your original loan amount while also paying interest costs. Home mortgages and auto loans are two common types of installment loans.
There is a difference in installment loans and payday loans. Unlike payday loans installment loans offer larger amounts of money and are also:
It is also notable that installment loans can be good for bad credit. Your FICO credit score is based on various factors of financial history:
In the heavily scrutinized financial market of today, it’s easy to find supporters and critics of installments loans. For bad-credit ridden consumers, advocates say installment loans are a better option since, unlike payday loans, there is no final balloon payment that can cause the borrower to incur even more debt. Also, since installment loans can actually improve credit scores, they automatically gain better standing in the eyes of many financial professionals and consumer advocates.
However, there are also plenty of critics of installment loans and the companies that offer them. Unfortunately, predatory lending isn’t new to the financial industry, which is one more reason borrowers must carefully evaluate and select the lending institutions they choose to work with.
With 279 loan offices in 6 states in the southeast, 1st Franklin Financial is a leading provider of installment loans for bad credit borrowers. Unlike the faceless online lending institutions, 1st Franklin Financial has a history of being active in the communities we serve (primarily rural areas), which allows us to know and help generations of families. In fact, since 1941 our goal has remained this: to serve the financial needs of our friends and neighbors with the respect and personal service they deserve. Respect says a lot, and it’s what has driven the creation of our installment loan programs.
A few of the differences you’ll notice with an installment loan from 1st Franklin Financial are:
While bad credit can make your financial life more difficult, 1st Franklin Financial makes the process of getting approved for an installment loan easy. Whether your have unexpected expenses or need a little extra help giving your family the Christmas you want them to have, we can help. When you’re ready to get started simply complete our online form and a local representative will contact you.