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What are the secured loan options for people with bad credit?
What are the bad credit options?
If you are in the position where you have a bad credit history but you need a loan then there are all sorts of options that are out there on the market. You have probably seen adverts for payday loans and guarantor loans, but these types of loans attract huge interest rates that mean paying off these loans can be difficult. Although these loans are easier to get, they are unlikely to be the best option for you to take.
Which lenders can you compare against?
Previous CCJ’s, Bankruptcy, Debt Management, IVA’s? We have access to the majority of the secured bad credit lenders in the market. We have direct relationships with some of the most well known secured loan brands in the marketplace such as:
Differences between secured and unsecured loans
The main difference between secured and unsecured loans is that the loan you take out as an unsecured loan is not secured against anything. This means that these are a higher risk than for secured loans and therefore they attract much higher interest rates. For a secured loan you take out the loan against something that you already own, which may be your car or your home. A car can be used for small secured loans, but if you are attempting to consolidate a large amount of debt this is not going to be a viable option for you, therefore using your home may be the option for you.
The pros and cons of using your home to take out a secured loan
The biggest pro of taking out a loan in this way is that you will actually pay less interest than any other loan method, particularly on large amounts. You also get the advantage of being able to pay back your loan over a longer term. The down side to this is that you are probably going to pay back more in the long run, but the plus side is that your monthly repayment are likely to be more manageable and so you will be able to make your payments successfully each month rather than struggling to try and make multiple individual loan payments each month.
Do some calculations before you dive into a secured loan
This calculator will give you an idea of costs. The exact amount and APR payable will be provided from the lender subject to credit and affordability checks.
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While taking out a secured loan might be the only way you are going to be able to consolidate your debts into something manageable you should still do some preparatory calculations on how much you will be repaying each month as you will need to make sure that it is affordable for you. The reason you should approach this type of loan with caution is because you are securing it against your home and should you default on your payments your home could be at risk. You will also need to look at what will happen to your payments if interest rates go up to see if they will still be affordable.
Getting good advice is essential
Consolidating your debts, especially with a poor credit rating, is not an easy thing to do and there are plenty of people around who can help you to find the best option for you. If you need a short term loan then a secured loan against your home is not going to give you the best deal, but if you need to borrow a large amount and need to repay it over a longer term in order to may your repayments affordable then this type of loan will offer you what you need, even if you do end up repaying more in the long term.
Make the most of any free debt advisory services you can, but did you know that you can also get advice from specialist bad credit brokers who can find all of the options that you have available to you? Doing an internet search for bad credit secured loans will get you some basic information, but as brokers work with these products all the time they will be able to find everything on the market that may be suitable for you, and it is highly likely that they will find options for you that you wouldn’t find yourself.
This is because not all bad credit secured loans are advertised on popular search sites and so it requires a specialist to make sure they have all been found. Not only that, a secured credit broker will help you to complete your application and can also help to improve your chances of being accepted for the loan as they can sometimes help to influence a lender in their decision and can also chase up the application and give you updates if it seems to be progressing slowly.
Questions? If you’re unsure which loan is right for you or you need some guidance on homeowner loans then speak to our experts on 0161 820 8099.
Their friendly advisors will be happy to discuss which options are available and to answer any questions you may have.