When my wife and I discovered that she was pregnant we became frantic. Where we lived at the time wasn’t exactly the size required for a young family! We needed a starter home; a place for our child to grow up. We wanted to buy somewhere that wasn’t too big but equally allowed us the space to have a room for our child when she was born.
Getting a mortgage was going to prove difficult as both my wife and I already had bad credit records as a result of student debt and a couple of missed payments. A friend suggested we try to looking into homeowner loans to allow us to get a foot on the property ladder.
One of the terms of a secured loan is that in order for the lender to process the application, you would have to offer something up as collateral, usually something of equal or more value than that of the actual loan. We were getting a loan for £45,000; unfortunately, there was nothing we owned that was worth that much. We were at a loss to find something either one of us possessed that would even come close. Fortunately, my wife’s parents were gracious enough to allow us to use their home as security for the loan. Before the house could even be considered as collateral the bank had to send out property valuers to confirm the market value. Fortunately, the house was valued at over £300,000, well over the amount of equity needed for the secured loan. In addition, my wife’s parents had no mortgage or loans themselves secured against this property.
Once the house was valued and written in as appropriate collateral for the loan, we entered the credit check phase of the loan process. Remember, this is where my wife and I had some serious problems; neither one of us expected to be able to walk away with the loan money. Thank goodness that the person reviewing our application was willing to work with us in getting our credit reports cleared up. He made a list of all the debtors that my wife and I had to contact to clear up some of the financial problems. After a week of discussions, some pleading and promises of prompt payments upon the receipt of the secured loan, we were finally able to sign the completed application and wait for final approval.
Once the papers for the secured loan were signed and processed, the money was deposited straight into our bank account. We paid off our creditors as we had committed to and the remainder of the money went towards purchasing a nice 2 bedroom mobile home. A mobile home wasn’t exactly what either of us had imagined as our first home, but it was still a lovely feeling walking through the door of own home for the first time rather than renting some dingy flat.
We had a home to call our own, a place to raise out daughter and a place we could decorate as we saw fit. The feeling of freedom and accomplishment was overwhelming. Taking the chance on a secured loan was a good idea and one that brought us home!
Derek Rogers represents Accepted, a UK based secured loans site.
WARNING: THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. LOANS ARE SECURED ON YOUR HOME. 9.9% APR TYPICAL VARIABLE.