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Second Mortgages: Home Equity Loans

Second Mortgages aren’t capped at a particular amount like personal loans

Before taking a second mortgage, it’s essential to understand what it is, its pros, and its cons.


  • How Does a Second Mortgage Work?

    A second mortgage works by allowing you to use your home’s equity to secure a loan depending on its worth and the principal balance of the primary mortgage. However, in the process of securing a second mortgage usually, 20% of your home equity is set aside while the remaining percentage is used to evaluate the value of the 2nd mortgage.

  • Is a Second Mortgage a Good Idea?

    Yes, but not for everyone and only if it’s worth it in the right scenario. It could be a good idea to opt for a second mortgage if you want to consolidate your debt, cover the revolving credit expenses or use the money to increase the value of your home. Nonetheless, the other advantage of taking a second mortgage is that it comes with lower interest rates than credit cards and there are no rules dictating the limits on fund usage.

  • How to Take Out a Second Mortgage?

    Because taking second mortgage grants two liens on your property you can take it out by refinancing it. Therefore, it would be helpful to use a cash-out refinance to tap into your existing home equity and refinance it to a larger loan to replace your existing loan with an entirely new one. But ensure to shop around for a great rate if you consider a home cash-out refinance.

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A Second Mortgage

A second mortgage is a type of loan borrowed based on how much equity you have in your home. It’s usually taken when the original mortgage is still in effect. The interest rate charged on the second mortgage is usually higher, and the amount borrowed is lower than the first mortgage. This is because the second mortgage taps into your home equity which can change in a variety of ways.

For example, if you make payments on your first mortgage, you reduce your loan balance. In turn, this increases your equity. However, when you borrow against your home, you lose equity.

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Obtaining A Second Mortgage

The process of getting a second mortgage is similar to that of getting your first mortgage. You need to visit your lender and complete all the financial paperwork. Then the lender will carry out a new home appraisal.

Once the lender has all the necessary information, he will determine if you’re in a position to finance the loan. Not only that. He will be in a position to calculate the fees involved. They include appraisal fees, loan origination fees, and closing costs.

When you refinance your first mortgage, the lender has the first lien on your property. So in case of loan default or foreclosure, the lender can sell your property to recover the costs. Once you take out a second mortgage, you’ll have two payments every month instead of one. To avoid loan default, you’ve to pay both mortgages every month.

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What Forms Do Second Mortgages Come In?

Second mortgages come in several forms. The first is a one-time home equity loan available as a lump sum. As such, you can use the money for whatever you want – home improvement and repairs or college tuition.

With each payment, you’ll pay a portion of your loan balance and interest through a process called amortization. The second type is where you borrow using a line of credit. With this type of loan, you’re not required to take any money even if you’ve got the option to do so.

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So Are They Worth It?

The simple answer is yes and no. A second mortgage allows you to borrow more money since it’s secured by your home. In fact, you can borrow up to 85% of your home’s value. Besides borrowing a huge sum of money, a second mortgage has lower interest rates than other types of debts. This is because using your home as collateral reduces the risk for your lender.

However, you risk having your home taken through foreclosure. This happens if you default or stop making payments on the loan. If the lender takes your home, it can cause serious problems for you and your family.

Second mortgages are also expensive. You’ll have to pay for costs such as origination fees, appraisals, credit checks, and more. These costs can add up to thousands of dollars. So, if you’re not taking a second mortgage for entertainment or living expenses, it’s not worth the risk. But, if you plan on using the loan to improve your home value or net worth, then a second mortgage is worth it.

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  • What is a Second Mortgage?

    A second mortgage is a lien taken out against a property that is still under the original mortgage or that is already being used as collateral for a different mortgage. A second mortgage can come from either the initial lender or you may opt to go with a different mortgage provider.

  • Can I Refinance My 1st and 2nd Mortgage Together?

    Yes. It is possible to refinance your first and second mortgage by combining them into one loan. The intent to consolidate the two loans is due to the need of making payments more manageable, paying the loans off faster, and wanting to get a better interest rate. However, the downside of consolidating loans it adds more time and money to your loan and you need a steady source of income.

  • How Do You Get a Second Mortgage?

    For you to get or approved for a second mortgage you need to have a credit score of at least 620, a steady source of income, and a low debt-to-income ratio that’s lower than 43%. But it depends on the individual’s lender requirements provided you meet a particular loan-to-value {LTV} ratio.

  • How to Get Rid of Second Mortgage Lien?

    Depending on your financial situation you can get rid of a second mortgage lien by filing for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to convert your second mortgage lien into unsecured debt and order the lender to remove its lien from the property. However, you have to file for a Chapter 7 to get a discharge before filing for a Chapter 13 which will grant you Lien Stripping rights.

  • How to Refinance Second Mortgage?

    Refinancing your second mortgage is similar to refinancing your original mortgage, but you need to get approved first. Before refinancing the 2nd mortgage you have to ensure the fee you will pay does not outweigh your savings, check where your finances stand, if your property value meets LTV ranges and has enough equity, and check your credit score and DTI ratio. After that talk to your existing lender if you can refinance your second mortgage and apply for your refinance.

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