2nd Mortgage Loans

By: Kristy Annely

If you are still confused about what a 2nd mortgage loan is and how you can use it to your advantage, you are literally losing money. Read this article and understand how you can benefit from a second mortgage – it just might turn your finances around for the better.

A second mortgage loan is one of the two types of home equity loans.The other type is a “home equity line of credit" or HELOC. The main difference between the two is the total loan amount and how the loan is paid.

A 2nd mortgage works just like your first mortgage – you have access to a set amount that you agree to pay on a set schedule. The equity you need to take out a 2nd loan mortgage varies from state to state. On the average, you need to have about 20 percent equity (but in some states, it may be lower).

How much is the interest rate? It depends on factors that you were also used to evaluate your first mortgage such as your credit history, the prevailing interest rates and the value of your home. Remember that the interest rate of a 2nd mortgage will be a little higher than the interest rate you are paying for a 30-year first mortgage. However, the interest in 2nd mortgages is tax-deductible. The terms run from five to 30 years.

You can use the money from a 2nd mortgage loan for home renovations, paying off student loans or for business. Small entrepreneurs are quick to turn to 2nd mortgage loans for business development opportunities.

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