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    3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 14, 2009 2:49 PM by jayben

    what's the difference between secure and unsecured loans?

    jaybenjohnson Newbie
      right now i have about $15,000 worth of student debt and about $10,000 worth of credit card debt and my credit score is poor. i've looked into debt settlement at this website; www.debtreliefusa.org...that's given me a whole new insight on how to eliminate debt but at this point i need a loan...so, what is the difference between the two loans and which would be the best for my situation? if i get in anymore debt i am done for. please give me some suggestions.
        • Re: what's the difference between secure and unsecured loans?
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          A home equity loan (sometimes abbreviated *HEL*) is a type of loan in which the borrower uses the equity in their home as collateral.
          These loans are sometimes useful to help finance major home repairs, medical
          bills or college education. A home equity loan creates a lien against the borrower's house, and reduces actual home
          equity.

           

          Home equity loans are most commonly second position liens (second trust
          deed), although they can be held in first or, less commonly, third position.
          Most home equity loans require good to excellent credit history, and reasonable loan-to-value and
          combined loan-to-value ratios. Home equity loans come in two types, +closed
          end+ and open end.

           

          Both are usually referred to as second mortgages, because they are secured against the value
          of the property, just like a traditional mortgage. Home equity loans and lines
          of credit are usually, but not always, for a shorter term than first mortgages.
          In the United States, it is sometimes possible to deduct home equity loan
          interest on one's personal income taxes.

           

          There is a specific difference between a home equity loan and a Home Equity
          Line of Credit (HELOC). A HELOC is a line
          of revolving credit with an adjustable interest rate whereas a home equity loan
          is a one time lump-sum loan, often with a fixed interest rate.

           

          When considering a loan, the borrower should be familiar with the terms
          recourse and nonrecourse loan, secured and unsecured debt, and dischargeable and
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          US home equity loan may be a recourse loan for which the borrower is personally
          liable. This distinction becomes important in foreclosure since the borrower may
          remain personally liable for a recourse debt on a foreclosed property.

           

          Home equity loans are secured loans. "The debt is thus secured against the
          collateral — in the event that the borrower defaults, the creditor takes
          possession of the asset used as collateral and may sell it to satisfy the debt
          by regaining the amount originally lent to t^ Credit
          card debt is an unsecured debt such that no asset has been pledged as collateral
          for the loan. Using a home equity loan to pay off credit card debt essentially
          converts an unsecured debt to a secured debt.

           

          When deciding upon a type of loan, the borrower should also consider if the
          debt is dischargeable in bankruptcy. For instance, US student loans are
          "practically non-dischargeable in ba^

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          • Re: what's the difference between secure and unsecured loans?
            phanio Pioneer
            Secured means that there is some collateral to cover the balance of the loan - e.g. if you take a home mortgage that is secured by the house - it is a secured loan. On the other hand - revolving debt like credit cards are usually unsecured - although you can secure them (place $500 into a savings account - then use that account to secure the credit card). Hope that helps. Your student loans and credit cards should be unsecured - as the lender cannot really take the education out of your head (student loan) or the meal you charged to your credit card last year. Most debt elimination or counseling services only deal with unsecured debt - the reason is that secured debt has a UCC first lien poistion and most lenders will not negotiate that position.

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            • Re: what's the difference between secure and unsecured loans?
              jayben Wayfarer
              thanks so much for your help. i appreciate you responding to my question. i guess i'll just have to decide what will be best for me