Did you know? Promise Money has secured loans available for people who have had credit issues in the past as well as those with clean credit histories.
By choosing us we can scour our secured loan panel, we think it’s the biggest in the UK, to find the best deal for you – whether your credit problems were a long time ago or occurred much more recently.
What are secured loans for bad credit?
Secured Loans for Bad Credit are second charges for people who have had credit issues in the past, so they are not eligible for “prime” products which are aimed at people with better credit histories.
Some of the features of our bad credit secured loans include:
- Borrow up to 75% of your property value with heavy arrears and CCJ’s
- Even if you have a few months mortgage arrears now we have lenders which will lend up to 100% of the property value
- Loans are available to clear IVA’s, Debt Management Plans and Bankruptcies
- You can secure the loan against your home or property you rent out
- A variety of loans are available up to £150,000
- We have lenders in England, Scotland and Wales who consider bad credit
Who can apply for a secured loan for bad credit?
Anyone can apply for a bad credit secured loan as long as they are over 18 and are a homeowner. Here’s some examples of how we can help which should give hope to those with credit problems looking for a secured loan.
Arrears, CCJ’s and default’s more than a year ago
Most lenders disregard these problems as they often only check your finances within the last year so you could qualify for some of the lowest rates in the market.
Large recent CCJ’s
Imagine you had 4 large CCJ’s in the last 12 months ago but have now paid them all off. Fortunately, we have a lender which ignores settled CCJ’s and default’s so they could offer you lowest rates than you might expect, subject to their other normal checks.
Historic mortgage arrears but up to date now
You could have missed numerous mortgage payments over a year ago and have been paying extra to catch them up as recently as a month ago. As long as your mortgage is now up to date, and you have kept up with regular payments for the last year we have lenders that won’t penalise you and will offer a bad credit secured loan at their lowest rates.
Heavy recent mortgage arrears or CCJ’s
You could have had numerous CCJ’s and defaults or missed 6 months mortgage payments in the last year all of which are still outstanding. Even so, we have lenders which will accept this although their rates are higher than our prime lenders. However, if they believe you can now afford to maintain your commitments and there is sufficient equity in your home you can apply.
IVA’s, debt management plans and bankruptcy
Those people affected by bad credit can turn to a debt management plan, an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) or even bankruptcy to help deal with the situation. High street lenders routinely reject applications from those with historic credit problems so later on, applicants often wish to exit the arrangement in order that they can apply to mainstream sources. We have lenders willing to consider applications from those in IVA’s, DMP’s or bankruptcy providing the loan would improve their overall position. Common sense lending at it’s best.
The team at Promise Money has over 30 years experience finding the right secured loan for borrowers with a poor credit profile and with over 2500 secured loan plans on our in-house sourcing system there are a great many problems we can help resolve. Try out our calculator to estimate your repayments depending on credit profile.
Why should I choose a secured loan for bad credit?
A secured loan for bad credit can be a very good way to clear your previous credit issues to help put you on the road back to having clear credit history. Generally first mortgage lenders and unsecured lenders are far less likely to accept your application. If they do the rates are likely to be high and it may be more suitable to keep your existing mortgage at the lower rate and only borrow the extra amount at a higher rate.
As your home is used as collateral the rates are comparatively lower than many unsecured loans which may be accruing arrears and interest rate repayments. Our advisers will look at the rates you are paying at the moment and factor this in to the loan they recommend so you don’t borrow more than you need. For example it may make sense to settle some credit where you are paying a high rate but keep some of your low or zero interest rate credit cards.
It will also be beneficial if you are looking to remortgage but have been declined because of your credit profile. Invariably, if your credit profile is poor many remortgage lenders will decline you. However by using a secured loan and clearing the arrears, in a year or so you may be able to remortgage on to lower rates as it will look to remortgage lenders that your financial history has improved.
You may also be able to consolidate some of your debts into one repayment – this may be useful if one of the reasons you slipped into arrears in the first place is due to the number of loans you are having to pay each month. If you are consolidating then it’s important to note you won’t be debt free, just replacing several loans with one loan.
If you do use a secured loan for bad credit, though individual monthly payments may be cheaper, as a secured loan will probably be borrowed over a longer term the total amount you pay may be higher as you are paying interest for longer. However you can shorten the term by paying the loan off sooner once your credit profile improves. As well as this, your home is used for collateral so it can be repossessed if your fail to keep up repayments.
Alternatives to secured loans for bad credit
Remortgaging / Further Advance
Of course an alternative to secured loans for bad credit is remortgaging or asking your lender if you can borrow more money if you have enough equity in your property. However, most mortgage lenders are reluctant to lend to people with bad credit but it may be an option if your credit issues are only minor. We will consider these options as part of our overall advice.
Unsecured Personal Loans
An unsecured personal loan is a loan where you don’t put up an asset as security. This means if you fail to keep up repayments no assets can be repossessed. However these types of loans are very dependent on credit score so can be very difficult to get with a poor credit score. Also the amount you can borrow is significantly lower than if you were to borrow the money secured on an asset.
Also be very wary of payday loans in this area of the market as these charge very high interest rates and can result in a payday loan cycle, a vicious circle where you can’t repay the first payday loan so you take out another one to pay it off which goes on and on. Many secured lenders are also wary of customers who have taken these out recently as it suggests you cannot control your finances month to month.
A guarantor loan is another type of unsecured loan. These loans require a guarantor to co-sign the agreement and if you fail to keep up repayments then the responsibility of paying off the loan passes onto the guarantor. The guarantor is usually a trusted person close to the applicant such as a parent or friend who has a better credit history than them to offer reassurance to the lender.
Rates can be high as it is unsecured finance and it is worth considering the potential impact on your relationship with your guarantor if things go wrong e.g. falling out with them etc. In particular, a report by Citizens Advice said that many guarantors are often left unclear about just what responsibilities they have for the debt and as some of them fall outside the FCA cap on payday loans, they have said they can be just as damaging as payday loans.
Peer to Peer Lending
Peer to Peer Lending (P2P) is a new type of lending that has sprung up online in recent years. P2P lending is when you borrow off strangers online as opposed to a traditional lender or bank. The strangers that lend you the money are doing it in a similar way to crowd funding and as you repay loans back the interest repayments get split in proportion to how much they have invested in your initial loan.
This type of lending can offer you better terms than a traditional unsecured or guarantor loan but as it is a fairly new industry it isn’t as regulated by the FCA as it should be compared to the other options, meaning if things go wrong there are less support options out there.
When should I apply for a secured loan for bad credit?
If you are falling increasingly into a cycle of missing repayments and your credit history is getting worse then the short answer is as soon as possible. This is because if you can sort your finance before things get too out of hand you will probably find it easier and should get a better rate. Even so, some people simply bury their heads in the sand and let things get on top of them, yet we have still been able to help.
In terms of applications, most secured loans applications should take around 4 weeks to fully complete if you have all the information on your income and circumstances to hand.
However the first step is to have a free telephone consultation with a Promise adviser who will make sure that the loan you apply for is suitable. Each adviser has to follow the Financial Conduct Authority guidance which means having your best interest at heart and treating you fairly.
Ways you can help speed up the process include:
- Ensure you have all documentation to hand.
- Have an accurate estimate of your monthly household expenditure and how much you want to borrow to clear the debts.
- Answer requests for information promptly and as accurately as you can.
- Be open and honest with your adviser – they are on your side.
Where else can I go if I am struggling with serious credit issues?
If you are struggling with bad debt already or need some more information on how to better manage your finances, then the Money Advice Service has plenty of information.
Also there are various debt charities, such as StepChange, who can provide specific advice and tips for people struggling with bad credit who require immediate support.