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The Home Improvement Loan

Mar 27, 2008
Whether you intend full room remodeling or just a new roof, a substantial financial commitment will be required; the vast majority of people find the only way they can afford this is to arrange a home improvement loan. Not many homeowners have the confidence to attempt home improvements on their own so they need the services of tradesmen which are a costly part of the plan.

Fortunately home improvement loans are seen as a good investment by lenders who can arrange a secured loan on the property or one that does not rely on any equity at all. Loans that do not require security are quite flexible and even new homeowners can apply. Finance which is used to improve the home is seen as a good investment in the property and even if equity in the property is not required, the loans can be organized for up to 15 years at a time.

The primary stipulation when applying for a loan without equity is the combined income of both owners but the amount of the loan must not be higher than the amount allowed by the county law where the home is situated. Although a number of details of the applicant are looked into, these loans are relatively easy to arrange and there is not much documentation to complete.

The difference with a secured home improvement loan means the value of the property is taken into account so when there is spare equity, the loan is basically taken out of this. There are benefits to arranging a secured loan though as they generally have a lower rate of interest so reducing the monthly payments and although they are relatively hassle free, they are not another mortgage on the property.

This is not an open ended finance agreement and a valuation of your property will be required for a secured loan to be arranged. All factors are considered before a final amount is agreed upon and that includes how much is owed on the mortgage, its current value and what other debts the owners may have.

All these factors will be considered for putting a loan package together for your consideration. Normally a lender will lend to the upper limit of the house valuation but a few lenders go much further and provide loans up to 125 percent of the valuation.

Over extending your ability to pay is the quickest way for a person to lose their home when they cannot keep up the repayments. If you have big plans for your property but the home improvement loan isn't really enough to cover all the remodeling costs then use it for necessary maintenance first and see what is left over.
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