Title: Secured Loans Equity Word Count: 579 Summary: A secured loan is a type of loan that involves a collateral in order for the loan to be approved for the borrower. The collateral used for most secured loans are usually a property or properties of the borrower such as a car, a house or some other valuable property. In cases when the collateral is a house and the house is fully owned by the borrower, the loan is taken against the market value of the house. When the collateral house of the secured loan still has mortgage re... Keywords: finance, loan, loans, secured loan, secured loans, secured loan equity Article Body: A secured loan is a type of loan that involves a collateral in order for the loan to be approved for the borrower. The collateral used for most secured loans are usually a property or properties of the borrower such as a car, a house or some other valuable property. In cases when the collateral is a house and the house is fully owned by the borrower, the loan is taken against the market value of the house. When the collateral house of the secured loan still has mortgage remaining, the loan is taken against the equity of the house. The equity of the house is calculated as the market value of the house minus the remaining loan or mortgage of the house. There is a special kind of secured loan that allows for a loan to be taken against a savings account. This is called a savings secured loan and is usually available only in banks and credit unions. This kind of loan is limited to the value of the savings used as collateral. When a savings secured loan is approved, the savings is frozen by the bank or credit union but will still gain interest. The savings provides security for the lender in the case when the borrower is unable to meet the monthly payment of the secured loan. Once the savings secured loan is fully paid up, the savings becomes available to the borrower along with its interest earnings. Because of the security involved, most secured loans have low interest rates and long payment terms. Secured loans are also easier to acquire than most other loans. Persons who are financially unstable such as those who have lost their jobs, those who are self-employed, or those who have bad credit rating can get a secured loan. Secured loans often allow for a borrowing limit of 80 percent to 100 percent of the value of the collateral used. Some lending companies even allow for 125 percent of the collateral to become available for the borrower. Of course, the financial status, especially the credit standing of the borrower will have a bearing on the amount that is made available to them. Secured loans are offered by many financial institutions and lending companies and require only a visit to their main or their branch network for your secured loan applications to be entertained. You can also call them or write to them so you can learn of the secured loan options available for you. A growing trend nowadays are online loan applications since more and more financial institutions are putting up a website for their companies. Online loan applications offer the ultimate ease of use since the borrower can accomplish the secured loan application in the comfort of his or her home. Secured loans, up to a certain amount are regulated. For amounts exceeding the regulated value, lenders offer an insurance policy or some payment protection scheme so that the borrower is protected in case of any difficulties in payment such as sickness, unemployment and death. These policies often vary from lender to lender. Secured loans are a great way to generate a large amount of money quickly. However, it is a serious financial transaction which, should you fail to accomplish your responsibilities, could lead to dire consequences. But, as long as you are sure of your payment capabilities and you have scouted and found the best option for you, a secured loan is probably your best bet in achieving your financial target.