Second Mortgage Can Offer Fast Cash, Piece
Article By: Gary Carraghan
If used properly, there may not be a more
effective financial option a homeowner can exercise than to take a
second mortgage on their property. More and more American
consumers have become aware of revolving debt and the implications
it can have on them and their loved one – not just now but in the
mortgages can be used for practically anything, but they are
most typically pay for outstanding education expenses, repairs of
your home or property, to procure higher value real estate, and to
pay off high interest rate credit cards as well as to consolidate or
eliminate other debts.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be fiscally sound to take
out a second mortgage if it would not be in your best interest as a
homeowner. With so many refinancing, borrowing, and other
transaction options available to the modern consumer, when is taking
out a second mortgage the right way to go? A second mortgage is a
good choice for the homeowner who has a need for a substantial
amount of cash and also has sufficient equity in a home.
Essentially, a second mortgage is a second lien
against the value of the property, one which is paid back in monthly
installments exactly the same as was the case with your first
mortgage. Unlike the interest on unsecured loans and credit cards,
second mortgage interest is generally tax deductible, and is
therefore a viable solution to rid yourself of high interest rates
which is often associated with other forms of debt.
An often overlooked nuance of obtaining a second
mortgage is the very same due process which was involved in the
first. All too often homeowners will take out seconds from the same
financial institution used to obtain the initial mortgage. This
stands to reason, as the mere thought of mortgaging your home once
is overwhelming enough for a surprising amount of individuals who
might otherwise benefit from the act to avoid it altogether. A
second mortgage, though, is a very important financial decision
(just as, if not more important than the first) and should be
treated with the same diligence and research as the first. Obtaining
information through several lenders or brokers on the second
residential mortgage loans such as; how much can you afford,
as well as ascertaining how much of a down payment you will need,
and find out all the costs involved in the loan is as vital to the
process the second time around as it is the first. Simply seeing the
monthly payment or the interest rate on the lien itself is not
enough. Knowing information about the same loan amount, loan term,
and type of loan will allow you to compare the information from each
lender and broker.
Do your homework; get a hold of the current mortgage
rates and understand whether the rates are being quoted the lowest
for that day or week. Question whether the rate is fixed or
adjustable, keeping in mind all the while that interest rates for
adjustable-rate loans go up, which will also make the monthly
payment go up. If the rate is quoted for an adjustable-rate loan,
determine how your rate payment will vary. Again, these factors are
as important during the process of obtaining a second mortgage as
they are during the first.
You might find that in considering a second mortgage,
your financial situation would also lend itself to potentially
refinancing a portion or even all of your existing debt. While
serving essentially the same purpose as a refinance, a second
mortgage can oftentimes be a more efficient and, ultimately
inexpensive consolidation option.
Of first and foremost concern to most with enough debt to consider a
second mortgage on their home to pay off debt, a second mortgage
enables you to eliminate high interest debt much more quickly than
would be possible with a refinance alone.
The principle advantage of taking a second mortgage is
its ability to allow the accomplishment of a specific goal,
including but not limited to a reduction in the amount of interest
being paid on credit cards (the principle reason homeowners choose a
second mortgage as their most effective and efficient consolidation
option). If the lien has a shorter pay-off term, the homeowner can
look forward to one payment when the second mortgage is paid off.
Once the decision is made that the goal is worth the investment,
homeowners should shop for the right second mortgage lender, making
sure that the one they select is reputable, responsive to their
specific needs, and willing to discuss all of the costs up front.
Keep in mind that these decisions have serious implications on your
credit and foreseeable financial future. If your payments remain
regular you’ll alleviate most of the interest rates pertaining to
the loan and raise your credit rating.
Unfortunately, second mortgages are far from
federalized; they vary widely from state to state and private
institution to institution. Nearly as important to performing
regular due diligence in observing and researching companies which
you might do business with in obtaining a second mortgage is to
ascertain the nature of state laws which may or may not limit the
capabilities and rights you have as a consumer. In some states, for
example, second mortgages do not require borrowers to have equity in
their home and many new loans are available up to 125% of value of
the security in question (of your home). Many consumers have also
found these loans useful for paying off their bills, making home
improvements, and taking out funds from the loan for personal use.
In other areas, such policies are not possible. Ignorance of a
state’s laws or financial regulations may not be used as an excuse
and will not protect you from excessive obligations or pitfalls
which may result from problems which arise down the road.
A second mortgage is more often than not the best option
available for homeowners with large amounts of unsecured debt.
Realizing the nuances of the mortgage process can not only help you
to evade some of the problems you may have encountered during
acquiring your first mortgage, but use the process to benefit you
financially in the long run.
About the Author
Gary Carraghan is a
successful author and regular contributor to
www.super-mortgages.com who provides money-saving tips on
mortgages. His other articles include interesting topics such as