We find that there are consumers that come from all walks of life and have a variety of problems obtaining loans and mortgages. Our current applicant has a good credit rating, a relatively secure job (as much as any job can be secure these days), and he has skills that are transferable from employer to employer. He owns his own home and car. The car is paid for, but unfortunately it is an older model and not worth too much and therefore cannot be used for collateral for a loan.
He has a mortgage on his home. He does not have sufficient equity in the home to use as collateral either and therefore is faced with interest rates that are based on unsecured loan rates. The loan is to cover some credit card debt for the total amount of $10,000. He does not have enough equity and will need to pay slightly higher interest rates, however these rates are substantially lower than what he would pay if he were to leave the debt on his credit card. The rates are at least 10 points higher and cost a great deal more on a monthly basis.
This situation is actually pretty common with many consumers not having the equity to use as collateral for loans that they wish to be approved for. For consumers that do have collateral, this means they can obtain lower interest rates in return for placing this collateral with the lender or signing it over to the lender. What this situation really means is that if the borrower for some reason cannot repay the loan, or does not repay the loan, the lender can sell the collateral to recover the remaining balance of the loan plus the cost of processing and selling the collateral. Before you offer collateral, consumers should always be sure that they can repay the loan based on the terms of the loan without ever defaulting on the loan.
We believe that this client can meet all of the obligations of this loan and will likely be approved for a loan, however the interest rate may be higher than he would like.