London Homeowners Benefit From Secured Loans

By: Andrew Regan

The hikes in UK property prices in the last decade has had many in the property industry reeling. Having defied expectations on a number of levels, the strength of house price increases has many pundits at a loss as to where the property market will go next. For instance, while some predict continued growth, others claim that the property market is likely to see a slow period during the last half of 2007.

However, a recent study by leading property site Home.co.uk has found that one community of property owners has benefited from the steep house price increases of recent years - homeowners in London. Despite the four rises in the Bank of England interest rate since August last year, London property prices have seen no sign of slowing down their skyward ascent. In fact, Home.co.uk's latest Asking Price Index report infers that the average property for sale in London now carries a staggering price tag of ?336, 900.

And while this news will not be favourable for first-time buyers hoping to get a foothold in the property market in London, the rising value of London homes is likely to please many existing homeowners with properties in the capital. Moreover, this phenomenal growth has stood London homeowners in good stead when it comes to borrowing, as the breathtaking levels of property inflation means it's easier for them to find attractive secured loans.

A secured loan is a financial arrangement in which the borrower promises an asset - like a house or a car - as effective collateral against the loan in question. Essentially, the loan is 'secured' against the asset so, in the event of defaults in payment, the lender can take possession of the collateral and may sell it on in order to regain the amount of money originally lent to the borrower.

Secured loans which use property as collateral are also known as mortgage loans and, as the price of houses for sale in London continues to skyrocket, secured loans are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners in London. The high value of London property means that secured loan lenders are able to offer lower rates of interest to London homeowners than might be available through unsecured loans - a factor that is sure to appeal to homeowners who are keen to release some cash to make essential refurbishments to their house, or simply to reduce their monthly mortgage repayments.

What's more, finding secured loans has never been easier. London homeowners keen to take advantage of their rising house value will be able to find a range of financial sources online that allows consumers to compare secured loans across the UK loan spectrum. If you own property in London, using these simple tools will make it easier for you to find the secured loan that best meets your personal circumstances - while at the same time helping you make the most of your valuable asset while the time is right!

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