Bitcoin Loan: How Do Bitcoin Loans Work?

One of the major use cases for Bitcoin (BTC) is its store of value. Whether you consider Bitcoin an asset or a form of money, one thing that remains true is that the crypto ecosystem looks to Bitcoin to pave the road for bringing crypto to the rest of the world.

The best way to do this is by offering traditional financial products within the blockchain ecosystem. BlockFi is doing exactly this with collateralized crypto-to-usd loans using Bitcoin.

Reasons to Take a Bitcoin Loan

There are a number of reasons why someone might want to leverage their Bitcoin to take out a USD loan, they just need to understand how a bitcoin loan works. Most BlockFi clients don’t want to sell their Bitcoin because they believe that their crypto assets will increase in value in the long-term. However, they require funding for things like real estate investmentcar paymentstravelling, or other expenses.

Additionally, some lenders like BlockFi have potential upsides when it comes to tax exposure. For example, funding or closing a crypto loan does not count as a taxable event. That means there are no capital gains taxes involved. This is a huge benefit when it comes to tax season and saved the headaches of an increased tax bill. It’s also possible for some clients to deduct the interest from their loan on their taxes. However, everyone’s situation is different and you should consult with a professional before making financial decisions. Click here to read more about the potential tax benefits of taking out a bitcoin loan.

Why take a Bitcoin backed loan with BlockFi?

BlockFi offers the most affordable bitcoin-to-USD lending rates with the largest U.S. lending footprint in the country. For many bitcoin owners, being forced to sell their assets is a last-case option. BlockFi offers Bitcoin and Ether investors the ability to access the value of their bitcoin assets without having to sell.

After a BlockFi loan is paid off, the client receives all of their collateral back, including any increased value, interest, or forked coins that occur over the duration of the loan and is an essential part of how a bitcoin loan works through BlockFi. Click here for more information on how we handle client assets.

Our clients use their BlockFi funding for a number of different things. Individuals often use their loan towards buying homes, paying taxes, or diversifying investments. We also have business clients that leverage their crypto to help with things like funding payroll or expanding operations. Click here to read about things you can do with a BlockFi loan.

Bitcoin Loan

Details for a BTC to USD Loan

It takes 2 minutes or less to apply for a BTC loan. Once submitted our BlockFi team will review and give you a decision and present you with loan terms within hours. After you accept and send your collateral, we will wire USD directly into your bank account. It’s as simple as that.

End-to-end, our clients can apply for a Bitcoin, Ether, or Litecoin loan and have USD in their bank account in less than 90 minutes. Additionally, BlockFi lends in over 45 states and has interest rates starting at 8%, making us the largest, fastest, and most affordable crypto asset-backed lender in the U.S. If you’re looking for a way to leverage your crypto asset holdings without having to sell.

Find out more information about how BlockFi cryptoasset-backed loans work.

If you have any questions about BlockFi or how our loans work, please contact us at We love hearing from you.

BlockFi lets you use your Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin to do things like buy a home, pay down debt, or even fund your business without having to sell your crypto. Start your application now and get funded in as few as 90 minutes.

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Client Testimonials


As an investor with significant crypto holdings, BlockFi gave me a valuable tool to get capital, at a fair price, without liquidating my crypto holdings. Aside from offering the best price, their approach to secure storage and thoughtful loan to value ratios gave me confidence that they were the right partner to work with for my cryptocurrency needs.


As a long term crypto holder, it’s important to me to be able to leverage my existing capital without selling. Earning monthly interest all in one place has simplified how I use my cryptoassets.


BlockFi makes it fun to be a hodler again.


We have felt strongly that this market needs access to debt beyond fragmented, short term margin trading options in order to reduce volatility, facilitate scale and put the financial infrastructure for this ecosystem on par with other asset classes. We're happy to have BlockFi as part of the Consensys family and see tremendous growth opportunities for their platform.


BlockFi was my first choice when looking to use crypto as collateral for a fiat loan. BlockFi's friendly and professional staff helped make for a very smooth process from start to finish.


It feels great to have my crypto be recognized as a real asset, which can used as collateral. I'm going to be able to immediately pay off a credit card I've been carrying a balance on.


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Disclaimer: Rates for BlockFi products are subject to change. Digital currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and BIA accounts are riot subject to FDIC or SIPC protections. Security is our top priority. Please see our Vulnerability Disclosure Form and Bug Bounty Program.
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Disclaimer: Rates for BlockFi products are subject to change. Digital currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and BIA accounts are not subject to FDIC or SIPC protections. Security is our top priority. Please see our Vulnerability Disclosure Form and Bug Bounty Program.
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