NerdWallet rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Good for: Bad credit
Peerform is a marketplace lender for borrowers with low credit scores. The company connects borrowers with investors who lend them money, and it charges an origination fee.
Peerform is a good fit for those who:
- Have low credit scores. The minimum required score is 600.
- Are new to credit. Borrowers need to have only one year of credit history.
- Want to consolidate debt. The company has slightly lower rates and higher loan amounts for those who want to consolidate debt. Debt consolidation loans above $10,000 are available only by invitation.
Peerform at a glance
|Loan amounts||$4,000 - $25,000 for any purpose
$10,000 - $35,000 for debt consolidation by invitation only
|Typical APR||5.99% - 29.99% for 3 year loans
5.99% - 25.05% for debt consolidation loans
|Origination fee||1% to 5% of loan amount|
|Time to funding||Typically one week|
|Repayments||Monthly, over 3 years or 5 years|
|Soft credit check?||Yes|
|How to qualify||
|Best for||Borrowers with bad credit|
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Peerform personal loan review
To review Peerform, NerdWallet collected more than 30 data points from the lender, interviewed company executives, completed the online loan application process with sample data, and compared the lender with others that seek the same type of customer or offer a similar personal loan product. Loan terms and fees may vary by state.
New York-based Peerform was acquired by Versara Lending in November 2016. The lender wants to serve those with less-than-perfect credit who cannot qualify for loans from banks, says Oana Varlan, Peerform spokeswoman.
Like other online marketplace lenders, Peerform assigns borrowers grades when they apply for a loan, and they receive interest rates based on those grades. The grades also help investors decide whether to fund a borrower’s loan. The grades are available on Peerform’s website.
Peerform makes loans in 42 states. (It does not serve residents of Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming or Washington, D.C.)
The company reports loan payments to credit bureau TransUnion, so your credit score may improve if you make your payments on time. Some lenders report repayments and late payments to all three credit bureaus, but many do not.
Peerform has no prepayment penalty and gives borrowers a 15-day grace period before charging a late fee. It allows borrowers to change payment due dates once.
Loan example: For a borrower with bad credit, a $7,000 personal loan with a repayment term of 24 months at an annual percentage rate of 27.2% would carry monthly payments of $381, according to NerdWallet’s personal loan calculator.
How Peerform compares
Peerform has rates and fees comparable to Avant, a large online lender for poor-credit borrowers. Peerform’s rates start lower than iLoan, the online arm of lender OneMain Financial, which also offers loans to those with poor credit.
How to apply for a Peerform loan
You can fill out a form on Peerform’s website, providing credit and income information. Applicants usually receive a soft credit check (which doesn’t affect credit score) to get a rate quote. They get a hard check (which can affect credit score) before the loan is approved. It may take up to a week to get your loan funded by an investor and receive the money.
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