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Knowing Your Home Equity Loan Rates

By Charles Hopkins Published 10/26/2007 | Loans
What are home equity loans?

Home equity loans are loans applied for by people who put up their own homes as collateral or security for these loans.  These are resorted to by people for various reasons which may include consolidation of multiple debts.  People may also resort to this when they need a large sum of money for any particular purpose like putting up a business, education expenses and home improvements expenses.

These kinds of loans are generally attractive because lenders would usually impose considerably low interest rates for these types of loans.  Also, the qualifications and requirements for loan approval are not quite as stringent.  It is quite easy to qualify for home equity loans.  You could also claim the interest rate as a deduction to your taxable income.

Home equity loans have always been used as a source of funding for home improvements.  However, these have become a favorite funding source for many people who do not have other forms of security or do not have a very good credit rating.

What are the home equity loan rates all about?

One of the factors that you would have to seriously consider when applying for an equity loan is the interest rates that would be imposed.  Generally, with home equity loan, you can find various companies who are offering reasonable and even considerably low interest rates.  Again, it doesnt even matter that you have a bad credit rating.  Lenders are generally willing to give low interest rates because you have collateral for your loan.  This generally places your loan at a low-risk category for your lenders.

The question is, how do you make sure that you get the best rates that your lender could offer?

There are several ways of ensuring that you get the best or lowest rates.  However, the first thing that you have to do is to improve your credit.  Before you actually go out and apply for a loan and sign a contract, make sure that you have actually made some effort to improve your credit rating even if you actually had a poor one.  If your application screams, I have so many debts! the chance of you getting a loan approval is extremely minimal.  To the lenders eyes, you are a bad risk.  You are most likely to convey the impression that you would probably default in your payments.  Therefore, get rid of that credit card if you dont really need it.  Pay off all the debts that you can afford to pay now.

Another good way of ensuring that you would get the best loan rate, make sure that you have thoroughly checked all your options.  Dont get stuck in a rut.  Explore all your options and do not hesitate to ask questions if you need to know things.  Perhaps, you might find better offer in another bank or lending company.
The next thing that you have to do after shopping around is to compare rates.  Once you have ensured that your credit rating has considerably improved and that you dont have astounding number of debts, you can now compare rates along with all other factors that you would have to consider when taking out a loan and decide where to apply for your loan.