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2nd Mortgage Rates Simplified - Full Info - Best Resources

Updated on December 6, 2010

2nd Mortgage Rates Explained

Why should you listen to me about 2nd mortgage rates? Well, apart from two degrees in Finance, I have worked as a personal Finance consultant for many years.

I have always noticed that a lot of people are scared off by Finance because of the heavy jargon and vast sums of money. I am here to tell you that there is nothing to be afraid of.

The key is to do your research online and you can save a lot of money and come off looking like a competent genius.

So check out as many resources as you can and learn about getting the best rates for your 2nd mortgage.

Making the decision to take out a 2nd mortgage is not easy at all. You will be doing yourself a massive favor by doing your homework. Coming to this page is a great start!

This page will seek to explain to you what a 2nd mortgage is and where you can get the best rates for your 2nd mortgage. In these tough financial times, a lot of people are looking to get the most out of their current assets to get by in this difficult economic climate. A second mortgage can certainly help you do exactly that as long as you do it responsibly.

What is a 2nd mortgage?

Well, if you own a house then you probably know what a mortgage is, right? It is the loan that you took out to buy your house. Over a period of time, you pay off that loan be paying your monthly loan payments. This builds equity. So, if you sell your house ( assuming that the market value of the house has not changed), then you would theoretically get the amount of equity you have put into your house. That is how real estate Finance works.

A 2nd mortgage would come into the picture when you need a large sum of money. Then, you could take a loan based on the equity that you have already accumulated in your house. This equity would be seen as collateral by the bank that would give you the loan.

If you were to default, then you would have to pay off your first mortgage first and your 2nd mortgage after that. 

Get Good 2nd Mortgage Rates

The best way to get a great deal is to have great credit. If you have awesome credit, in this economic environment, with low interest rates, you can get a great deal on 2nd mortgage rates. If your home has declined in value, then the loan that you would also be lower than what you would have gotten in a better housing market.

Currently however, a lot of banks are not very excited about lending to people. So, it may be a lot tougher to obtain good 2nd mortgage rates for yourself depending on where you live.

The key is to do your research, read up as much as you can and talk to a personal finance advisor.

Some Resources

Websites such as, and are wonderful resources to get a good idea on where the market is and what kind of rates you are going to get. Also, check out your local banks and lending institutions.

Remember, because a second mortgage gets paid off after your first mortgage in case of a default, 2nd mortgage rates will be a lot higher than your original mortgage rates. So, be prepared for that.


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