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Secured Personal Loans Are A Way Of Borrowing If You Have Bad Credit

Apr 3, 2008
Secured personal loans can be a way of borrowing if you have bad credit. With this type of loan, it allows the individual to borrow a large sum of money that is secured on the property you own. The loan can be taken out for just about any reason and you are able to spread the cost over many years. Secured loans therefore, are only available to those who own their own home or have a mortgage.

While there are many benefits to taking out secured loans you also have to ensure that you would be able to continue meeting the repayments over the period you take it over. If you fall behind then you are at risk of losing your home. Therefore always bear in mind whether the risk is worth the reason for the loan. Also consider protecting it with loan insurance in case you should become unable to work.

Usually with secured loans, you are able to borrow up to 100% of the equity in your home. This is the amount that is left after the value of your home has been deducted from the outstanding left on the mortgage. Sometimes a lender will give you up to 125% of this value but you must have an excellent credit rating to be able to benefit from this and be able to show your ability to repay.

There are many differences between a secured and unsecured loan. Of course the main difference with the secured is that the lender asks that you secure something of substantial value against the borrowing. The unsecured loan does not require you to risk your home against the loan. However the interest rates of secured personal loans are usually lower than those of the secured.

As you are putting up security you can borrow a larger sum of money than the unsecured and spread the cost over many years. The secured loan is also one way for those who have a bad credit rating to be able to borrow. The loan can help to repair your credit score, providing the repayments are kept up.

A secured loan can be taken for many different reasons. However as they are secured you have to ensure that the risk of losing your home if you default on the loan is worth the reason for the loan. One of the most popular and useful ways of taking a secured loan is to use it to consolidate existing debts.

If you have other loans or credit card debt then combining them into one easy and affordable monthly repayment can work out better. Not only will you just be dealing with one lender but you can also save money each month if you get a low rate of interest. Remember though that over the course of the loan you could end up paying more in long term interest.

Other popular reasons for taking out secured personal loans include making home improvements, needing money for unexpected repairs to the property or to treat you and your family to a luxury holiday. The best way to take out a loan is to go online with a specialist website. They are able to search with the whole of the marketplace for the best deal based on your circumstances and then present quotes which you can compare before choosing. Always ensure you read the terms and conditions, this is where additional fees, the annual percentage rate or APR of the loan and the total cost can be found.
About the Author
Louis Rix is Director of Netloans Ltd, a leading Secured Loan Broker for UK Homeowners offering a secured loan service and homeowner loans for any purpose, ensuring that their customers get the best loan deal.
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