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Do I have to be a member to take out a loan?

Horizon is a mutual financial services organisation and as such is owned by its members, each one of whom is a shareholder. You don't need to be a member to apply for a loan, however if your loan is approved you will subsequently become a member.

Learn more about opening an account^

How much can I borrow?

The minimum amount you can borrow is $1,000 for a Personal Loan (secured or unsecured) and $5,000 for a Car Loan. You may wish to consider a credit card or overdraft for smaller amounts. The maximum amount you can borrow is $30,000 with an unsecured loan, although this will depend upon your circumstances. Secured loans are dependent upon the security offered. In all circumstances our personal loans are limited by your ability to meet your repayments. Do you wish to calculate how much you could borrow? Use our Car Loan Calculator. ^

How do I make repayments on the loan?

You can arrange to make your loan repayments either by payroll deduction, direct debit from your savings or transaction account, internet or telephone banking transfer, at any of our branches or by a direct debit from another financial institution. ^

How often will I receive information on my account?

Statements are produced monthly or six monthly. Duplicate statements can be requested at any time from our office. Account information also available through our Internet and Phone banking services. ^

What security is required?

The security required will depend upon your individual circumstances. Examples of the type of security we may require are a mortgage over property and a Goods Security Agreement over an asset such as a motor vehicle. A fee is payable where this is required. ^

What happens if I get sick, have an accident or lose my job?

In the event you are facing financial hardship we encourage you to contact your local branch and we can work with you through the hardship. Read more about Financial Hardship^


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