SOURCE: NetCredit


April 17, 2013 10:03 ET

New Online Lender NetCredit Offers Personal Loans for Alabama Residents "Abandoned" by Banks

FDIC Estimates 544,000 Alabama Households Are Underbanked

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - April 17, 2013) -  NetCredit, the new online lender specializing in personal loans for those who cannot qualify for a small loan from their bank, has launched service in Alabama for the estimated 544,000 underbanked households in the state.

Following a quick on-line application process at, its proprietary underwriting technology will make an instant eligibility decision. Qualified Alabama customers will then be presented with a customized loan offer ranging from $2,100 to $6,000 (click here for rates) that can be repaid through installments over six to 36 months. Unlike some other online lenders, NetCredit looks at several variables in the applicant's broader financial picture -- not just their credit score -- to determine loan eligibility. This allows NetCredit to approve many customers who do not qualify for a traditional credit product through their local bank.

NetCredit does not charge any additional fees associated with the loan (application, origination, late or not-sufficient funds or prepayment). In the near future, NetCredit will also report repayment history to the major credit bureaus which may help borrowers build their credit history.

The FDIC recently released a Household Survey stating that 28.3 percent of households nationwide are unbanked or underbanked, including 544,000 underbanked households in the State of Alabama (28.8 percent of all state households). This follows a May 2011 survey by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which found that nearly half of U.S. consumers would not be able to come up with $2,000 to cover a financial emergency within 30 days. 

"There is a growing number of Americans in today's economy who are falling into the credit gap, unable to borrow from their bank and not adequately served by existing non-bank products in the marketplace," said Stephanie Klein, director of Consumer Lending at NetCredit. "NetCredit is designed as a solution for the millions of Americans who are turned down by their banks, but need access to credit to pay for unexpected expenses such as, medical costs, car repairs or home improvements."

"NetCredit research indicates that only 11 percent of Americans with fair or poor credit believe that banks will lend to them," said Klein. "Eighty-one percent of these same consumers feel judged by their banks; and 68 percent believe that banks have abandoned the average consumer. These survey responses highlight the need for innovative lenders like NetCredit to fill the void left by mainstream banks."

NetCredit was launched in 2012 and currently offers personal loans in the states of Alabama, New Mexico, Utah, Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Idaho, Delaware and South Dakota. NetCredit products and services are also pending approval in several others.

About the Survey

The NetCredit survey was conducted online in May 2012 among a sample of 1,090 Americans. The survey respondents include 484 individuals recruited from a market research panel by Redshift Research and 606 survey respondents recruited from a database of consumers who had previously used non-bank lending products. In order to participate in the survey, respondents needed to be employed adults (18 years or older) with an open checking account, annual personal income ranging from $50K to $100K, and a self-assessed credit rating of poor, poor to fair, fair, fair to good, good, or good to very good. 

NetCredit, a service of Chicago-based Enova International, is a licensed online lender for small personal loans, and an ideal choice for consumers who cannot qualify for a traditional credit product through their local bank. A trusted online provider, NetCredit ingrains a "customer first" attitude into everything it does, and works hard to deliver the best financial services to close the credit gap for underserved customers. 

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