Many people today are feeling the economic crunch and may be interested in getting a loan. You may be in the position that you must consolidate your debts, repair your home, pay for education of your children, pay for medical care, or purchase a large item. You may perhaps be eligible to apply for a home equity loan that would help you in being able to achieve your goal.
What is the difference between this kind of loan and others? As a homeowner and a borrower you are going to be using the equity that you accumulated in your property in order to receive a loan. One of your greatest assets, your home, will be considered collateral. This will reduce the equity in your home because the lending institution has a lien placed against your property.
How can you apply for this type of loan? Your credit history will be examined in great detail by the lender. To be eligible for this loan your credit score has to be very good or you will have a great amount of difficulty applying. The higher your score increases your chances.
You eligibility will also take into consideration 2 ratios. These two ratios are referred to as the debt to income ratio and loan to value ratio. The first ratio, debt to income, must show that your expenses are below 36% of income. Loan to value ratio indicates that the loan can be 80% of the value of the asset less any mortgages or liens that already exist.
Equity loans usually have a shorter term attached to them than the regular mortgages. In some countries, citizens can benefit by using the interest payments as a deduction on income taxes. This loan is generally paid in a lump sum with the interest at a fixed rate. This is not always the case as it could be negotiable.
An important point to remember is that these are secured loans. This signifies that should one default on it the lender is liable to possess your property since you used is as your collateral. In this case the lender would own the asset so your inheritors would not inherit. The lender could sell it to recoup the loaned amount.
Low interest rates are one benefit in this type of loan. The first mortgage rate would be lower however the rates charged by credit cards would be higher. As the approval process continues you will find that there are costs for the application finalization. You would have to pay for property appraisal, a title search, and the loan application. This may be the perfect loan for you at this point in time.