Secured Loans - the Benefits

By: Gill Critchley

There are a vast amount of different loans that you could choose from, so choosing a secured loan that puts your property up as a guarantee seems like a risk. However, because your property is the security, the lender considers this type of loan less of a risk and it is therefore quite easy to obtain.

A secured loan also offers you the benefit of borrowing larger amounts and having longer to repay them, which can be as long as 25 years. Another plus for the secured loan is that, due to the lesser risk to the lender, they often offer the loan at a reduced APR rate. This rate is usually a lot less than you would get with an unsecured loan.

The interest rate on secured loans does vary as it depends on such things as; how much you want to borrow, the amount of time that you have to pay it back and also your own circumstances.

With secured loans, lenders may also be more willing to offer a loan to someone who has found it difficult to get different loansin the past. If you are someone who has a poor credit history with defaults, for example, or are self-employed, then a secured loan may be worth looking into.

If you have a good credit history, then you can gain by some lenders offering you the loan in excess of your equity, in some cases, up to 125% more.

It is still possible to get a secured loaneven if you only partially own your home. As long as you have a mortgage and have paid some of the debt off then you can put the part of the property that you have paid off up as security.

As well as the benefits of secured loans, it is still important to remember that if you were to miss payments on your secured loan, then you do put the property at risk. However, you can secure yourself against sickness and job loss for example, by insuring your payments against such things.

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