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Refinancing Your Mortgage with Poor Credit

Aug 17, 2007
If you have decided to refinance your property or are investigating the possibility of a home equity loan but are concerned about your credit history, don't give up. There are still plenty of options available to you. Even if you have a bad credit history, it is possible to refinance your home or to get a home equity loan or line of credit. The lending industry has established new guidelines that make it much easier to refinance your existing mortgage or to get a home equity loan. If your credit is bad, there are lenders that are specialized to assist you with a loan package that will meet your needs at an interest rate that is affordable.

Many people refinance their home to make home improvements or to consolidate a current debt load such as credit card debt. Many lenders will offer you as much as 125% of what your home is worth, even if your credit history is less than perfect. The factors that will play into the approval your application include your current mortgage package, interest rate and what terms you are on, how long you intend to stay in the home, and the amount of overall debt you have. When you have equity in your home, the chances of you getting a lower interest rate will be greater than if you have no equity or only a little.

A home equity line of credit is something that works like a revolving account and your home is used as security against the loan. When you get a home equity line of credit, you will be approved for a set amount of credit. The maximum amount that you can take out at any given time will depend entirely on your credit limit. Home equity lines of credit typically come with a variable rate of interest, though you may be fortunate enough to find a fixed rate. How they work is that you will have a set amount that you will be able to borrow at any given time, and you will not be able to borrow more until that amount has been repaid. Sometimes, you will be given a specific schedule as to when you can borrow the money from your current available credit.

Receiving a home equity line of credit is often the ideal solution for those that want to remodel, put kids through college, or if extra cash is needed in the event of emergency financial situations. You are able to use the money for whatever purpose you need, and you will have the peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for life's unexpected situations.

Refinancing your existing mortgage, or obtaining a home equity loan has provided a solid solution to millions of Americans looking to meet their financial plans. Even when you have poor credit, there are specialized lenders out there helping people like you reach your goals.
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The author - Ajeet Khurana - writes on finance topics, among others. He recommends: Mortgage Refinance and Home Equity Loans and Real Estate .
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