Friday, September 24, 2010

The Basics of Secured Loans

Personal secured loans are helpful in making your dreams come true. You may want to improve your home, go on a long holiday, or maybe you want to consolidate your existing high interest debts. Whatever your reason, you may be able to get the money you need.

Personal secured loans are available in terms from five to thirty years. With a personal secured loan, you have the option of spreading payments out over a long period of time. This allows you to have small, manageable monthly payments.

Once you've completed the application documents, you can opt for an express service option on your personal secured loan. This allows the amount of the loan to be credited to your bank account on the very same day the loan is approved. While applying, be sure to take out payment protection insurance because the collateral on a personal secured loan is your home. You want to be sure your home is protected in case of any unforeseen financial difficulties.

A personal secured loan calculator can help you find out the exact amount you can borrow, and it can help you decide on manageable monthly payments. The interest on your loan will be calculated on the same basis that your home mortgage is calculated. If you have chosen a flexible mortgage payment plan, your personal secured loan payments will also be flexible. You can overpay, underpay, or take defer payments for short periods of time depending on your financial situation.

When you take out a secured loan, you are providing your lender with your property as collateral, whether is it mortgaged or owned outright. If you own your property, the security of your property is called a first charge. If your property is mortgaged, it is called a second charge.If you want to compare loans from a number of different lenders, the best way to do this is to compare the different lenders APRs, or annual percentage rates. The APR is the amount of interest the lender charges on the money you borrow.

Getting a personal secured loan is often easier than getting different kinds of loans because the lender has the benefit of having security in the case of nonpayment. In addition to being fairly easy to get,these loans also allow longer repayment schedules, and they are available for larger amounts than many other kinds of loans. You can apply for a these loans through any branch of a lending institution.

How Do I Apply?

Lending institutions offer you the option of taking a secured loan via their branch network, over the telephone, via a written application, or online through their website. Initial assessment of your application can be made quickly, however loans under £25,000 are regulated, and a 7 day consideration period will be given to allow time for you to assess the implications of the credit agreement, and to ensure that you are fully aware of all the terms and conditions. When assessing your application the lender will consider your income and financial commitments to determine whether you can afford to take on and repay additional finance. They will look at your past credit history and take into consideration any adverse credit such as mortgage arrears, defaults or county court judgments. All lenders insist that when an applicant is married, both parties should be named on the application form.

Lenders frequently use credit scoring facilities and credit reference agencies to assess a borrower's suitability to take out a secured loan. Credit scoring assesses your personal circumstances and statistics to determine which broad category of borrower you fit in to. Credit reference agencies provide a detailed analysis of your financial position as they hold information relating to your credit history, any adverse credit, and any existing commitments. They also provide your address and electoral roll information. If you are refused a loan or if you wish to make enquiries concerning your own credit file, you can apply to the credit reference agencies for a copy of your credit file. This service is subject to a small fee.


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