Figure review

ByNadav ShemerDec.10, 2018

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In a Nutshell

Figure is a Silicon Valley fintech company that started off in 2018 by providing home equity loans and reverse mortgages, and is now expanding into unsecured personal loans. Figure leverages blockchain, AI, and data-analytics technology to develop its loan products, enabling it to approve loan applications automatically without any human involvement and to fund the borrower within 5 days.

pros

  • Approval in a matter of minutes
  • Competitive personal loan rates
  • Minimal paperwork

cons

  • Only available in 30 states (for now)
  • Minimum credit score of 680+
  • Still a relatively young company and concept
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Figure at a Glance

Loan typesUnsecured personal loans
Loan amount$5,000 to $100,000
Repayment terms60 - 180 months
APR5.99% – 10.55%
Minimum credit score680
Best forBorrowers with good-to-excellent credit

Best For?

Figure caters to borrowers with good to excellent credit, rewarding them for their financial responsibility with lower-than-average APRs for personal loans. It’s best for borrowers who don’t have any issues with applying for a loan online. 

Loan Features

The biggest selling-point is Figure’s super-charged online lending software, which reviews and approves/rejects proposals in minutes. Aside from that, here are some of Figure’s highlights:

  • Personal loans alongside 2 types of home equity loans
  • Personal loan can be used to pay for debt consolidation, home improvements, student loans, or other major purchases or expenses
  • Wealth management and investment service to soon be available
  • All loan documents are signed by eNotary, without need for face-to-face meeting
  • Extensive FAQ section, minimizing need to contact customer support

The Application Process

Applying for a loan with Figure is as quick and simple as with any of the best lenders in the personal loans industry. Because all your information passes through Figure’s advanced automated platform, the entire process should take only a few minutes of your time and you really will only be asked for a very minimal amount of documentation. 

You’ll be asked to enter basic information about yourself and your loan. This includes: 

  • name
  • email address
  • home address
  • date of birth
  • salary
  • loan purpose (e.g. debt consolidation, home improvements or renovation, paying off student loans, major purchase, other)

Figure’s automated system will attempt to pull up your credit score based on the information you provide in the online form, but if it can’t, it will ask you to enter your Social Security number. At the end of the form, you’ll be asked to read and accept Figure’s terms and conditions.

Figure’s automated system will run a soft credit check, meaning it’ll find out your score without damaging your credit. Once it’s run its credit check, which takes just a few seconds, it’ll display your pre-qualified rates with separate columns for APR, monthly payment, and terms. You’ll see options for different terms, ranging from 5 years to 7, 10, and 15 years. Of course, shorter terms mean lower APRs and longer terms mean higher APRs. If you like the look of one of the loans, select it to move to the next screen.

To complete the process, you’ll need to verify your identity with photo ID. You may upload an existing image of your ID or take a screenshot. Next, you’ll need to enter your bank details so Figure can get you the funds. The last part is a video chat session with an eNotary, where you’ll e-sign your personal loan documents in the presence of the eNotary. 

That’s really all there is to it. The entire process takes just a few minutes, and your funds should be with you within 5 business days. 

How Much Can You Borrow? 

The minimum loan amount is $5,000, which is fairly standard in the industry. The max loan amount is $100,000, which is the highest loan amount to be found in the personal loans market. With such high loan amounts, Figure is a suitable lender for borrowers looking to pay off particularly large expenses such as home improvements or renovations. 

Repayment Terms

Figure offers APRs at lower than the industry average, within a narrow range of 5.99% to 10.55%. It offers four repayment options: 5 years (60 months), 7 years (84 months), 10 years (120 months), and 15 years (180 months). Figure doesn’t charge any prepayment penalties whatsoever.

Privacy & Security  

Figure is licensed to provide loans in all 30 states in which it offers consumer credit products. It uses a range of security and encryption techniques to keep customer data secure. When you apply for a loan, Figure sends a link to your email to authenticate your account. 

Help & Support

Figure offers customer support Monday to Saturday between 6am and 6pm Pacific Time through phone, email or live chat. Because Figure was founded in 2018, there are relatively few customer reviews and ratings to be found online. With that said, Figure is primarily an online lender created so that borrowers don’t need to speak with a human representative. Answers to more questions can be found on the FAQ section of its website.

How Figure Compares


FigureCredibleSoFi
APR5.99% – 10.55%4.99% - 35.99%6.26% - 15.12%
Minimum credit score
680680680
Loan amounts
$5,000 to $100,000$1,000 to $100,000Up to $100,000
Loan term
60-180 months24-84 months36-84 months
Best for
Long repayment termsLow loan amountsRecent college graduates

Figure is the newest in a growing breed of hi-tech-powered lenders. It goes a step further than its competitors by employing the latest blockchain and AI technology to make the application process as quick as we’ve seen it go. The main advantage Figure offers over its rivals is its low maximum APR. Whereas most personal loan lenders typically have max APRs of 35.99%, Figure promises a maximum rate of 10.55%—provided the borrower meets their tight requirements including a minimum credit score of 680.

Summary

Figure really does show us where the future of lending is heading, offering personal loans on a hi-tech, automated lending platform. While a personal loan will always be a personal loan (at least until they come up with something else), a Figure personal loan is all about saving time: the application is quicker, the signing process is quicker, and the funding is pretty quick as well.

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FAQs

Does Figure offer any rate discounts? Yes, to customers who opt in to AutoPay. This allows Figure to automatically deduct your monthly payment from your account.

Can you apply again after being declined? Yes, your credit history and financial standing can change over time. If you were declined previously, you can apply again.

Can you apply for multiple loans? Yes, however the limit is $100,000 per borrower.

How does eNotary work? You’ll need a camera on your computer to conduct a video session with an eNotary. The eNotary will confirm your identity via the ID you provided earlier and will ask you a set of knowledge-based authentication questions. Then you’ll e-sign the documents opposite the camera and the eNotary will electronically notarize your documents. The whole process can be completed in minutes. 

Physical Address

Figure Technologies, Inc.

650 California St, Suite 2700

San Francisco CA, 94108