Good Use for Unsecured Lines of Credit
Copyright (c) 2008 Anthony Griswold
Many people who need cash for renovations, additions, business expansion, or other financial needs turn to equity lines of credit or other types of secured credit lines. These types of lines of credit are popular and relatively easy to obtain, but what if you do not have any equity or assets to borrow against? If you find yourself in need of a line of credit but do not have any assets for collateral, or do not want to risk the assets you do have, and unsecured line of credit is another option for you.
An unsecured line of credit gives you the funds you need in a short timeframe just like any other line of credit. Your credit line is based on an amount determined by your credit history, repayment ability, and income and you can use all or part of it as the need arises. The major difference between an unsecured line of credit and a secured one is that you do not have to put up valuable property but will have to pay a higher interest rate.
In order to qualify for an unsecured line of credit you will have to prove that you will be able to repay up to the full amount of the credit line in monthly payments. Your lender will analyze your debt to income level, your credit score and history, your employment history, and may want proof of income and job. If you have a responsible credit history and can afford the monthly payments on the credit line you will probably qualify.
An unsecured line of credit is right for you if you need a credit line but do not have assets to use as collateral. Be careful, however, because it will take more research to find the best deal as they carry higher interest rates than secured credit lines. Talk to the banks in your city to see what the going rate of interest is locally and how much you qualify to be approved for.
National lenders will often have some of the best rates so it is always a good idea to look online for national lender rates. If you cannot find a bank willing to give you an unsecured line of credit you can usually qualify for a credit card, but using a credit card for your cash needs can be risky as many have fees and very high interest. Look into all your options so that you can get the best deal possible on your credit line.
Anthony Griswold creates articles about unsecured financing. He has years of experience and direct participation in dealing with unsecured lines of credit , and business loans. These articles are meant to be a tool for anyone seeking advice on unsecured financing. http://www.firstamerigo.com/
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