With the current situation in the housing market many homeowners are deciding to stay in their homes and just do some upgrades and home improvements. One of the best ways to do this is by using the equity you have in your home. However, many homeowners feel like their less than perfect credit score will make it impossible for them to get a loan. This is not true; it is very possible to get a home equity loan without perfect credit.
With less than perfect credit you will need to be aware of some of the things that will differ from those homeowners that have excellent credit. For example, many banks offer home equity loans with no closing cost, if you read down at the bottom for what that asterisk stands for you will see that the disclaimer says “not all applicants will qualify.” Simply put, if your credit is not excellent you will need to pay for the closing cost.
The good thing however, is that you will get the loan and the closing cost are relatively minor. The closing cost for a home equity loan will not be as much as when you first closed on your home. In fact many lenders charge a flat fee for home equity loans that usually range around $500.
The next place you will find that your less than perfect credit will affect you is with the interest rate. Interest rates on any loan are figured by your credit rating. The lower your credit scores the higher your interest rate and with credit problems you will have no leverage to attempt to negotiate them down.
You should know however that getting a home equity loan without perfect credit is not that hard. Banks are more likely to give someone with less than stellar credit this type of loan. That is because you are using your home as collateral. This means that you have incentive to keep up the payments and make them on time. When you use your home as collateral they know that they can sell the home and recuperate their money.
One thing you should try to do before you apply for the loan is clean up your credit report as much as possible. Raising your credit score even 20 points will go a long way towards reducing the fees and interest rate you will need to pay. The best place to start is by getting a copy of your credit report. The federal government has set up a program to allow you to get a free copy of your credit report from all three major credit bureaus. This can be done very quickly online. Print out each report and check it carefully.
Sometimes you will find errors or old information that can be quickly cleaned up and removed which will raise your credit worthiness. Once you have done this go ahead and apply for your home equity loan. You may want to start with a bank that you have a current relationship with; they will often times give you the best interest rates.
Getting a home equity loan without perfect credit can be done. You will just need to realize that you will are going to pay a little more in the way of closing costs and interest rates. So if you want to get those home improvements done don’t let your credit stand in your way.