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Getting A Secured Loan With Bad Credit Does Not Have To Be A Drag

Aug 17, 2007
If you have bad credit its probably going to be easier to look for secured loans than unsecured ones. It may be the wiser thing to do as well. While all of us hope to get a loan based just on our promise to pay and our signature on the dotted line the fact is that not the wisest move in many cases.

While it wouldnt at first glance seem that you would want to put up your home or your car as collateral in the event a debt is not paid, you may save money by doing so. Unsecured loans are higher risk. They therefore come with higher interest rates. Bad credit means secured loans are more likely to be required anyway, if you want the money.

So, if you need the money now and you have already been turned down for the unsecured loans - or you just dont want to go that route - you are quite likely to be able to get a bad credit secured loan.

Of course, if you dont repay the loan as promised that lender can repossess whatever it is you put down as collateral on that bad credit secured loan. Keep that in mind as you make the decision to apply for the loan. Secured loans are designed to help people with bad credit or no credit at all get the money they need.

The most common collateral for secured loans whether bad credit situations or not is vehicles or real estate, although collateral can be just about anything whose current value exceeds the amount of the loan. Some lenders might extend a bad credit secured loan with jewellery as collateral, or collectibles such as valuable coins or guns.

With any property other than a vehicle or real estate, however, the lender commonly takes possession of the collateral until the loan is paid in full. This is primarily because the debtor can more easily dispose of such collateral where he or she wouldnt get rid of his home or vehicle.

Very seldom does a bad credit secured loan require you to give up living in your home or driving your car. You get to keep either as long as you pay your bad debt secured loans on time. What you do instead of this repossession up front is to sign a note that allows the lender to have the title to your car or the deed to your home if you dont make your loan payments.

While you can, of course try to get your home back once it has been foreclosed on or your car once it has been repossessed, the lender has the right to immediately start sale of either once the default occurs. You may simply be too late if you let your bad debt secured loan problem get to the point of repossession.

There are many lenders who simply dont deal in secured loans except mortgages, no matter whether there is a bad credit issue or not. Other lenders specialize in issuing bad debt secured loans. The latter is what you need to find. The Internet is your best resource for finding these lenders.
About the Author
James Copper is an experienced bad credit secured loans advisor. He has worked in the finance industry for many years.
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