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UK Secured Loans - What They Are And How You Can Get One

Aug 17, 2007
The most prevalent of the UK secured loan options is the home loan, with the home used as collateral against default on the loan. Here are the basics of the UK secured loan for home buying, home improvement, and other money raising needs.

Right now is the easiest it has ever been to get a UK secured home loan. You can do your own comparison shopping easily online, through the sites of the various lending and banking institutions, mortgage firms, realty sites, loan directories and non-profit self help lending associations.

The UK government can even help information you about how to get a UK secured loan. Not only can you enlist the help of your own real estate agent but you can also enlist the help of an online or offline financial broker whose job it is to assess your own particular needs and financial situation and find you the best buy in a UK secured loan.

The world of the UK secured loan is busy, crowded and highly competitive. What that means for you, the UK consumer, is lower rates and more competitive terms for your UK secured loan.

The disadvantage and difficulty in looking for and finding a UK secured loan is that the markets competitive nature has created a very complex world of government and association regulations and confusing rules.

What this means for the consumer is that just because she or he can get a UK secured loan more easily than in years and decades past, that does not necessarily translate into paying off the balance more easily.

In fact, the UK consumer may find it considerably more difficult. In the case of a home loan this is a serious thing, as you risk the roof over your and your familys head.

Before the recent legislation stepped in to regulate the UK secured loan the consumer clearly understood the serious nature of the transaction and the responsibility they were taking on. That is not necessarily the case any longer.

Before you submit an application for a UK secured loan with your home as collateral, there are several things you must keep at the forefront of your mind.

First, do not ever forget that if you do not pay the loan on a timely basis, you can lose your home. Technically you can miss one payment or be late on two or three and have your home repossessed.

You should have a solid idea of what your income and career future looks like and how much you and any other wage earner in the home is going to be making for as much of the life of the loan as is reasonably possible.

You might even consider, especially if you and your spouse work and one of you is of child-bearing age, that one of you will be unemployed for up to five years and factor that into the income equation.

In the UK a secured loan generally offers monthly, quarterly or semi-annual payment options. Think about what is best for your finances.

Make sure that you are not signing for what you think is a cheap loan to find out after that that low rate of interest means bad news such as balloon payments, prepayment penalties or a hefty rate increase if you miss one payment. All these things are possible and do happen. Read the fine print before signing.
About the Author
James Copper is a time severed UK Secured Loan Broker. He works for Any Loans who offer a variety of secured loans and no credit check loans.
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