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Avoid Home Equity Loan Scams

Do not sign any home equity loan agreement until you read and understand itMost lenders on the equity loan marketplace are legitimate lenders. However, a few lenders are taking the less fortunate for a ride. These unscrupulous lenders offer appealing loans; yet fail to tell the borrower about hidden charges or “balloon” charges. Hidden charges are often stripped from loans and “Equity Stripping” is one of the leading home equity loan scams on the loan marketplace.

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The lenders engaging in “equity stripping” will often present to borrowers "too good to be real" deals, leading them to believe that they are saving money. Thus, once the borrower agrees to the equity loan contract, the lender will pose new charges, high interest, and other fees that puts weight on the borrower, until he or she breaks and fails to make payments on the mortgage. The lender then repossesses the home, selling the house for profit while the borrower is standing on the corner, wondering where he will live next. Thus, the Federal Government has provided information to help borrowers avoid losing.

FREE Home Equity Loan QuotesSince equity stripping is becoming a huge industry, the Fed’s advise homeowners to watch out for equity stripping, including paying attention to lenders that are offering loans that reach above your wages. The feds also advise borrowers to stay alert to “loan flipping,” which is the process of switching loans regularly and requesting larger amounts of cash on each home equity loan refinance applied. If a lender is pressuring you to sign an agreement, you will need to find another lender, since pressuring borrowers is a sure-fire tip that the lender is out to take you for a ride. You will also want to consider PMI, which is personal mortgage insurance, which is a requirement. However, few lenders attempt to charge for additional coverage that is not needed. Therefore, homeowners, especially the less fortunate, should adhere to advice and read details of any loan offered thoroughly.

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