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FirstAgain Reports Rapid Rise of Online Unsecured Personal Loans as the Alternative to Ever-Shrinking Bank Lending Options

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

Online consumer lender delivers better options for unsecured loans to fund anything, including home improvements, vacation ownership, education, medical expenses and more.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- Every week the adage "you can take it to the bank" seems more outdated as the banking industry dumps more bad news on consumers. The news of banks failing has consumers in a panic. Big-name lenders are reducing or freezing existing home-equity lines of credit. Others have put the brakes on auto leases and are making it harder to get loans for education, home improvement, vacation ownership and more. Moreover, traditional lenders continue to treat all borrowers the same--with undifferentiated products and indifferent service. supplies unsecured loans to individuals with excellent credit. supplies unsecured loans to individuals with excellent credit.

Despite traditional bank woes, FirstAgain LLC, an online consumer lender focusing on individuals with excellent credit, continues to gain momentum with an easier and faster way to fund anything, including home improvement projects. The company's AnythingLoan, a revolutionary, unsecured loan product that combines low rates with an unparalleled customer experience, is a convenient alternative to ever-shrinking financing options.

News Facts:

  • San Diego-based FirstAgain® LLC focuses exclusively on providing low-rate, online unsecured personal loans to individuals with excellent credit.
  • FirstAgain's AnythingLoan is a completely paperless, online unsecured personal loan that can be applied for, approved and signed online.
  • AnythingLoans can be used for any purpose, including adoptions, aircrafts, autos, boats, classic cars, club memberships, education, fertility expenses, fractionals, home improvements, horses, marine products, medical expenses, motorcycles, pools, RVs, solar, timeshares, weddings or anything else.
  • AnythingLoans are a welcome alternative for home improvement financing without the hassles or concerns people have when borrowing against home equity or retirement savings.
  • Home improvement loans are one of FirstAgain's fastest growing loan categories as the company has achieved five-fold growth year-over-year.
  • FirstAgain has surpassed $100 million in online unsecured loans and is gaining market momentum with thousands of highly satisfied customers nationwide.
  • Online unsecured personal loans, with same-day funding, are available in amounts ranging between $10,000 and $100,000.

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  • Gary Miller, FirstAgain co-founder and CEO: "People with excellent credit are underserved by traditional lenders and we are changing that with our AnythingLoan--an incredibly positive loan experience for consumers who have worked hard to develop excellent credit profiles. FirstAgain rewards them with specially tailored loans and a great customer experience regardless of market conditions."
  • Theresa Emfinger, FirstAgain customer/Education Loan: "The regular financial aid programs just weren't going to be enough. I was looking for things like credit card advances, but then I came across FirstAgain. I kept thinking there has to be a trick here. It was just such a simple experience. I really appreciate having a service like this out there. With all the bad news surrounding the credit industry right now, it's nice to know it doesn't have to be that hard. FirstAgain gives borrowers peace of mind."
  • George Zandiotis, FirstAgain customer/Home Improvement Loan: "I considered borrowing against my 401(k) for a home improvement loan, but it just didn't make sense. FirstAgain was a breath of fresh air. I was absolutely shocked when I saw how quickly the whole thing happened. I had my loan approved and funds deposited into my account within a day."
  • Elizabeth Rowe, Group Director of Banking Services for Mercator Advisory Group: "Financial institutions don't always treat their customers the way they should, which is why I love the touch of human consideration that FirstAgain brings to consumer lending. The AnythingLoan is the first truly win-win loan product. The vastly improved lending experience gives consumers a much better way to secure financing, which will propel FirstAgain's continued market momentum."

About FirstAgain:
FirstAgain LLC is redefining consumer lending for individuals with excellent credit. The San Diego-based company has developed a completely paperless, online experience for applying, approving, signing, funding and servicing unsecured personal loans. FirstAgain's AnythingLoan can be used for any purpose, including home improvements, vehicle purchases, educational and medical expenses, timeshares, vacation ownerships, marine products, loan refinancing and anything else. Most AnythingLoan finance amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with low rates, same-day funding and an unparalleled customer experience. Timeshare and fractional financing loan amounts start as low as $7,500. FirstAgain was founded by the pioneering veterans of PeopleFirst, a company which grew into the nation's largest online auto lender prior to its sale to Capital One in 2001. The company operates nationwide and has financial investments from Merrill Lynch and Arsenal Capital Partners.


New Book Offers Critical Advice to Homeowners in Mortgage Default

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

Proven step-by-step strategy for preventing foreclosure, negotiating with lenders, and rebuilding credit is featured in new book The American Nightmare. FREE downloadable excerpts from the book now available at

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- A new book offers a lifeline to homeowners unable to make their mortgage payments. Authored by veteran housing counselors, Sylvia Alvarez and Walter Walker Jr., the book, titled The American Nightmare, offers distressed homeowners valuable tips to help avoid, survive and overcome foreclosure. Readers will learn about the most common reasons why people end up in foreclosure, the lender's perspective in the foreclosure equation and what homeowners can do to negotiate a favorable outcome. Published in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), FREE downloadable excerpts from The American Nightmare are available in English and Spanish. A link is also provided to purchase the book for $14.95.

Strategies Preventing, Surviving and Overcoming Foreclosure
The American Nightmare Book: Strategies Preventing, Surviving and Overcoming Foreclosure

The authors offer clear, practical advice to distressed homeowners in mortgage default, including:

- Benefits of contacting your lender as soon as there is a problem;
- Information to have ready when placing a distress call to lenders;
- Special assistance available homeowners with FHA-insured loans;
- Advantages of consulting a HUD-certified housing counselor;
- How to prioritize your debts;
- The importance of preserving good credit when funds for payments start running short;
- Tips for exploring workout solutions with a lender;
- Resources for finding a qualified real estate agent when selling a home;
- What to do when lenders don't respond;
- Warning signs of predatory lenders and how to report them.

"It's important for distressed homeowners to realize that lenders want to help borrowers keep their homes," says Rebecca Gallardo-Serrano, Chairman of NAHREP. "The American Nightmare authors are encouraging open communication between homeowners and lenders while helping to avoid the pitfalls that can lead to further financial and personal damages."

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a non-profit 501c6 trade association, is dedicated to increasing the homeownership rate among Latinos by educating and empowering the real estate professionals that serve them. Based in Washington D.C., NAHREP is the premier trade organization for Hispanics and has more than 15,500 members in 48 states and 62 affiliate chapters.


Parents Sacrifice Luxuries to Secure Future Funds for Children

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

As financial situations worsen, parents are having to cut back on personal luxuries in order to secure a better future for their children, according to new research out today by Family Investments, the UK's leading Child Trust Fund provider.

(PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- The research shows that for 83% of parents, purchasing beauty products is first on the list of things to be cut out to ensure enough is being put aside for their child's future, despite recent reports that sales in designer lipsticks have gone up. This is closely followed by clothes shopping, as 81% of parents say they are cutting back on purchases.

A less surprising figure in light of holiday companies such as XL going bust is that nearly half of the parents questioned (49%) have or will be cutting back on holidays to ensure their children's savings are not being neglected during the crunch. Only 6% of the parents questioned are not prepared to change their spending habits at all when it comes to saving for their child.

One in three children will be bearing the brunt of these cut backs however, as a third of parents will be cutting back on treats such as toys and sweets, in order to prioritise how their money is being spent on their child. For the majority of parents (66%) it is felt that any disposable income in this current economic climate should be put towards long term investments as opposed to everyday luxuries and treats.

Kate Baker, Head of Marketing at child trust fund (CTF) provider Family Investments said: 'In our experience saving for a child's future is a parental obligation, so when things are getting tough this the last area that parents are willing to cut back on. Despite the strain of the current economic climate, 85% of parents will be continuing to top up their child's trust funds by the same amount, it's just a matter of cutting back on little luxuries when things are tight to ensure their children's savings don't suffer .'