Bad Credit Secured Loans
See above for a selection of secured loan deals for bad credit - A secured loan is where the lender will use your home as collateral for the loan in the event of non payment.
Advantages of bad credit secured loans
- Can help you rebuild your credit score
- Secured loans can be for higher amounts than unsecured loans
- You will be offered longer repayment periods than on unsecured loans
You may be more likely to get accepted for adverse credit homeowner loans, but they are sometimes seen as the loan of last resort because the interest rates can be variable and therefore the loan can end up costing more than you originally thought and taking a lot longer to repay.
However, once you have shown that you can manage your money effectively by keeping up with the repayments, you can start to rebuild your credit rating and gain access to better deals on future loans, such as unsecured loans which charge more interest but do not require the security of your home.
Disadvantages of bad credit secured loans
- You could lose your home if you default on repayments
- You could worsen your credit by missing payments
- Interest rates vary
- The term of the loan and amount repayable is subject to change due to changes in interest rates
- Early repayment penalties can apply
Bad credit secured loans can be used for any purpose, and are also available in the form of debt consolidation loans and car loans. If you own your own home, then a better option might be to remortgage.
Remortgaging your home can release capital at the same interest rate as your mortgage repayments instead of having to take out a separate loan on a higher rate and creating another outgoing payment each month that you have to keep up with.
Before taking out a bad credit secured loan you should:
- Think about whether you really need a loan
- Only borrow as much as you need
- Ensure you can keep up with repayments
- Be aware that your home is at risk if you default on payments
- See if you can get bad credit unsecured loans at a lower risk