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Using Your Homes Equity for Debt Consolidation: Things to Consider

Jun 18, 2008
So there is obviously good things about owning a home. One is that you can easily consolidate all of your debt into one easy monthly payment. There are many options for debt consolidation through the equity of your home, but most will have something to do with a 2nd mortgage that will be an additional and separate payment on top of your first mortgage on your house.

- Lenders:

Lenders from banks to ebanks and more, offer personal loans for the consolidation of debt. Banks and credit unions will typically require a very strong credit score and collateral, due to the markets of late, this is no surprise. Of course, again, the collateral will be the value of your home and as long as your credit score is decent this should not be an issue.

- The Benefits:

Obviously, the only other way to consolidate debt and eventually eliminate large amounts of debt would involve the acquisition of a sum of money equal to the debt. This could be done in many ways all of which are probably unlikely for most of us. This is why there are very real and practical reasons why the second mortgage, also known as an equity loan, might be the best bet for trimming down the debt and putting it all in one place. This makes it easy to make monthly payments and depending on the market, you could get a very good interest rate.

- The APR:

The interest rate is determined by the FED which keeps a close eye on the economy and makes its decision on the interest based on specific markers. The only thing you need to know is that this APR (annual percentage rate) is one of the main things you should be thinking of when deciding whether or not a 2nd mortgage is the answer to consolidating your debt. Keep in mind that you will also need to account for origination fees, mortgage insurance premiums, points, inspections, prepaid interest and other items required to obtain a mortage. This is not meant to overwhelm you, but these things must be considered when deciding to trim down your debt via a second mortgage.

- What Else?

For the most part, it is a very simple process these days when it comes to obtaining a second mortgage. The next thing to do is to research some of the more reputable 2nd mortage companies online and find out which have the best rates and make sure to ask a lot of questions so you are not surprised by a monthly payment that is above and beyond what you can resonably pay. Remember that this could be a very good way to lower your debt and consolidate all of your debt into one simple payment per month. This is why so many people decide that the equity on their home should be used for this purpose.
About the Author
Seth Daugherty has a B.S. in Instructional Technology and is currently getting his masters degree in
library and information science. For more information on Using Your Home Equity for Debt Consolidation head over to DebtConsolidationDirect.Info
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