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Mortgage Glossary
Second Mortgages
 
In the case of a second mortgage the most important fact is that the lender who agrees to this type of loan is always second in the line of priorities to get paid in case you default on your payments. Obtaining a second mortgage is not at all easy from many points of view, because you and your income and credit history are most likely to go under the closest scrutiny by the lender. You have to show outstanding records and most importantly that you have had very good behavior (you paid your monthly balances on time!) with all your previous lenders.

If you arrived at the point of taking out a second a mortgage, you already know what a mortgage means and what impact a debt has on your financial status. That is why you should be utmost precautious when on your way of contracting a second mortgage. Always make sure that you understand all the terms and conditions of the loan and all applicable extra fees. It may happen that it is very appealing to you the fact that the monthly payment you shall have is very low; then, there must be some hidden point to the scheme because it is most likely after a period of time your payment will increase significantly. That is why if you pay close attention to everything and read through all the available documentation, such surprises may not reach you, because you will be informed about that fact that after the initial 6 months of payment, the monthly repayment increases with X%.
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The early redemption fee was invented, and this might be very familiar to you from the field of credit card debt.
Early redemption fee is the sum you have to pay in case you decide you want to get rid of your loan before its maturity. So, it is advisable that you avoid to shop for a second mortgage plan which has included the early redemption fee; don’t let yourself be surrounded by such strict rules, because you never know how in the future you will have access to other incomes and you would wish to totally erase your existing debt. The fewer the restrictions regarding your loan schedule, the greater the flexibility you can afford.

Make a bit of financial planning on your own, and start calculating fees, monthly balances and most importantly interest rates in order to be able to see whether such a deal is at all convenient to you. Never settle for the very first option you meet; make a thorough research of the market and weigh more possible options. Don’t forget that you already have a debt secured against your home, so act responsibly when it comes to securing yet another debt to it. Keep in mind that when you apply for a second mortgage it is supposed you really need it badly so you will accept anything, but you know this and so you won’t accept just anything.

Make a second mortgage in case you want to spend it on a good cause such as a home improvement for example, which if made intelligently will significantly raise the value of your home. So, this is a benefit for you, because in case you will want to sell your property in the future you can earn extra. Or, you might use it in order to buy another asset, and that is a good investment too. It is quite important that the money you will borrow with the help of second mortgage won’t go without a trace, like in the case of paying off credit card debt only; always make something additional, a significant purchase like a home or a car.

Remember that you have your home at high risk with these types of secured loans, and that is why you have to make sure that you can afford those steady regular payments, because only like this are you able to feel comfortable about contracting such a loan.