Loans: Strategies for Self-employed Equity Loan Management

By: Nicholas Tan

Strategies for Self-Employed Equity Loan Management

You may have purchased a home while you were employed at an established business and now you are currently running your own business, but have decided you need an equity loan to pay off the pending balance of your loan to increase your weekly cashflow.

You remember the day you took out your first loan, realizing how easy it seems to be. You paid your closing costs, initial fees, stamp duty, deposits and other costs at the time you took out the loan. Now you want to save cash, and you think that refinancing your home is your best bet in this case.

First, you must know that banks look at self-employed equity loans differently than common loans. The banks will need proof of income, which will require accountant statements to prove the source of income. If you recently started your business, you will most likely run into problems if you have no proof of income. You may be asked to wait a length of time and accumulate evidence that steady income exists. Otherwise, if you do get a loan, you may pay higher interest rates than normal, since the lender may view you as a riskier candidate for lending equity.

The lender will consider the equity on your home, and if you have negative equity, the chances of getting a loan will become more difficult. Thus, to reserve cash, you may want to consider other options; otherwise, sit down and ask yourself what you intend to do by taking out another loan against the equity on your home.

Self-employed equity loans often incorporate origination fees, premiums, pre-paid interest, arrangement costs, surveyor fees and costs, and so on. Therefore, if you must apply for an equity self-employed loan, shop around first and learn all you can about mortgages.

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