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A Secured Loan Needs Very Careful Consideration

Jan 9, 2008
If you are considering taking out a secured loan then it needs to be given some very careful consideration. The loan can be taken out for almost anything and the repayments can be spread over many years. However it is essential to remember that during this time your home is at risk as it is secured against the money you are borrowing.

The loan will be given based on the amount of spare equity in your home. How much equity is spare is determined by subtracting the outstanding mortgage from the total value of your home. The amount that is left is the amount that lenders will allow you to borrow on your home but occasionally for higher rates of interest some will lend you up to 125%.

You have to make sure that the reason for taking out the loan outweighs the fact that you are at risk of losing your home. If you cannot keep up with the repayments then repossession is a possibility. One of the reasons why many take out a secured loan is to consolidate existing loans, this means only having one low monthly repayment. While this can be beneficial you do have to make sure that it is the right way to go. For example if you would only have to repay existing debts for a couple more years then taking out a consolidation loan for 5 years would end up costing you more.

When it comes to getting the best rates of interest for a secured loan then it is essential that you shop around and get several quotes. The interest rates can vary considerably and even if it is just a fraction it can add a lot onto the loan when taking it out over many years. You do have much more to compare than just the quotes. You also need to read the small print and find out if there are any additional costs attached to the loan. Costs could include an early repayment fee which means if you are lucky enough to be able to repay the loan earlier than anticipated you could have to payout a lump sum. While this is just one of the clauses there can be others so the key facts of each loan you are considering must be checked.

By going with a specialist website when it comes to taking out a secured loan you are able to search the whole of the marketplace. By searching with the best UK lenders you can be sure you are getting the cheapest rates of interest along with the best deal possible. You should never take out the first loan that is offered and the rates of interest are usually dearer if you choose to go with the high street lender for the loan. Always consider taking out payment protection for your secured loan. Payment protection can help if you should come out of work due to certain factors and as the loan is secured against your home this can be a safety net.
About the Author
Jason Hulott is Business Development Director at Secured Loans service, PolarLoans. Visit Polar Loans now for more information about Homeowner and Secured Loans.
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