Secured Personal Loans: Funding Assistance for Homeowners

By: Bernard Ethen

Lenders generally prefer to offer secured credit to the borrower as it is safer proposition for lenders in comparison to unsecured loans. Even in the event of failure to pay back the loan amount, the lender has full assurance that he will get back his money. Otherwise he can legally sell off the borrower's asset to recover his money.

Generally, lenders prefer to take the loan seekers home or any other residential property as collateral. Borrowers are required to provide the proof of ownership of the home along with other relevant documents before the loan can be processed. Depending on the available equity, the loan amount will be determined. The equity is the real value of the home after all other mortgages or loans are deducted from it.

Any significant renovations done to the residence will also be taken into account. In some cases, the lender might even provide secured personal loans against negative equity. It all depends on the lenders credit policies. They will have a property evaluation done to gauge the real estate value of the house before reaching any decision.

But, one thing is sure: you will get a low interest rate. Secured personal loans are a good option for those who have a bad credit score. The presence of collateral ensures that the borrowers credit score be ignored to a great extent. Such borrowers may face problems while applying for unsecured loans as the credit score is more or less the basis on which the application acceptance/rejection is based.

Unlike remortgages, there are no penalty fees to be paid for secured personal loans. In a way, it is the perfect solution to releasing capital that is stuck in real estate. The processing of the application does take time in such loans as property is involved. There is a popular misconception that borrowers have to clear their homes the minute they sign away the papers in the lenders name. Only in dire circumstances do people have to leave their home. This is situation will only occur if you default in payments of the loaned amount. So, plan your monthly budget in advance to avoid falling into the debtors trap.

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