Second charge secured loans by Wise Money

The improving economic climate and general house price increases have led to an increase in of second charge secured loans following their virtual disappearance after the financial crisis of 2008.

The changing face of second charge secured loans

The changing face of second charge secured loans

Traditionally, second charge secured loans were seen as a last chance saloon product.  Rates were much higher than mortgages and redemption penalties were fairly hefty.  But as rates started to drop off in 2006, the pandemic of self-certification of income led in part to the financial crisis of 2008 and a £6 billion a year secured loans industry quickly became a £150 million industry, a trickle of its former self.

Today however, the market is once again robust with packagers and lenders are back in full swing, albeit at a much more sensible £1 billion a year. Interest rates (starting at 4.55%) are much lower than ever, redemption penalties are extremely low and coupled with no set-up fees for the vast majority of secured loans, they are a very attractive solution in a variety of circumstances.

Second charge secured loans can be used for any legal purpose but are mainly used for:

  • home improvements
  • consolidation of credit cards, store cards and unsecured loans
  • purchasing vehicles
  • paying for a wedding/honeymoon
  • injecting cash into businesses
  • paying for school fees
  • paying tax bills
  • cosmetic surgery

How do second charge secured loans work?

As the name suggests, a second charge secured loans works very much in the same way as a first charge mortgage in that it is a sum of money lent out, secured against UK residential or investment property via a second charge behind the first charge registered by the main mortgage lender.

How much can be borrowed?

For a loan secured on a residential property, the minimum loan size for a second charge secured loans is just £5,000 and we arrange loans all the way up to £2.5 million.

For buy to let properties, we can arrange loans up to £500,000 but should the requirement be there, we would be able to refer the loan amount if more than this was required.

How long can a loan be taken out for?

Typically a loan is lent out between 3 and 25 years.  There are some lenders who offer 30 year terms.

The term of a loan is dependent on several factors, depending on the purpose of the loan.

The second charge secured loans process

Although not set in stone, the process with most packagers is fairly simple:

You provide your basic enquiry details (loan amount, purpose, term and contact) by telephone, email or sourcing system.

Once the client is happy with the deal, a mutually convenient time is agreed upon for a document courier to collect signatures and evidences.

Following receipt of client’s signed documents and evidences at the packager’s office, references and valuations are organised.  Case is re-checked for compliance.

With references and valuation received, the case is packaged and once a final compliance check is completed, case is sent to lender for final packaging and offer.

Once the offer has been made, it is sent out to the client by post and/or email to you.  You then have a 7 day reflection period in which to think about and return the signed offer and in doing so accepting the terms therein.

Interested? Then please call Keely McKay Wise Money’s Second Charge Secured Loans Advisor on 02921 670418 for a free, confidential, no obligation chat. NOW.

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