Editorial Review

Peerform Personal Loans: 2019 Review

Peerform is an option for borrowers with bad credit. It charges an origination fee and lacks some features that other lenders offer.

Steve NicastroAugust 15, 2019

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Our Take

3.0

NerdWallet rating 

The Bottom Line: Accepts low credit scores, with rates and terms similar to other bad credit lenders.

Peerform

Peerform

Min. Credit Score

600

Est. APR

5.99-29.99%

Loan Amount

$4,000-$35,000

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Accepts borrowers with a high DTI ratio.

  • Accepts short credit history.

Cons
  • Origination fee.

  • No co-signer option.

  • Longer time to funding.

Compare to Other Lenders

Avant
OneMain
Est. APR

9.95-35.99%

Est. APR

18.00-35.99%

Loan Term

2 to 5 years

Loan Term

2 to 5 years

Loan Amount

$2,000-$35,000

Loan Amount

$1,500-$20,000

Min. Credit Score

580

Min. Credit Score

None

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Full Review

To review Peerform, NerdWallet collected more than 30 data points from the lender, interviewed company executives 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 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 a loan decision and interest rate based on those grades.

Debt consolidation loans: Peerform offers loans for debt consolidation, which rolls multiple debts into one fixed monthly payment, ideally at a lower interest rate. Peerform's starting rates for its consolidation loans are lower than average credit card rates.

Origination fee: Peerform charges an origination fee of 1% to 5% of the loan amount for three-year loans and 5% for five-year loans. The fee is included in the annual percentage rate calculation and subtracted from the loan proceeds. For example, a $10,000 loan with an origination fee of 3% would cost $300 and net the borrower $9,700.

No co-signers or secured loans: Peerform does not allow borrowers to add a co-signer or secure a loan, two options that some lenders offer to help borrowers boost their chances of qualifying or get a better rate on a loan.

The company reports loan payments to credit bureau TransUnion, so your credit score may improve if you make on-time payments. Some lenders report repayments and late payments to all three major credit bureaus.

Fees:

  • Origination fee: 1% to 5% of loan amount.

  • Late fee: 5% of payment or $15, whichever is greater, charged after 15-day grace period.

  • Prepayment penalty: None.

How to qualify: 

  • Minimum credit score: 600.

  • Minimum credit history: 1 year.

  • Minimum gross annual income: $10,000.

  • Debt-to-income ratio: 40% or lower, excluding mortgage.

  • Unavailable to borrowers in Connecticut, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming and Washington D.C.

Loan example: For a borrower with bad credit, a $7,000 personal loan with a repayment term of 36 months at an APR of 27.2% would carry monthly payments of $287, according to NerdWallet’s personal loan calculator.

How to apply with Peerform

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.

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