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Homeowners adding value to their homes with loans

Over recent years secured, homeowners loans have become increasingly popular in the UK, and one of the leading factors in this rise in popularity is the growth in property prices.

Many homeowners have seen the value of their properties soar over the past few years, leaving them with far more equity and enabling them to borrow more against their home without having to worry about the higher repayments and shorter repayments periods offered with most unsecured loans.

One of the major purposes for taking out a homeowner loan is to carry out home improvements, and this makes the loan more of an investment, as the right improvements can add value and saleability to the home, in addition to improving comfort and practicality for those living in the property. Many homeowners are using these loans to build on their property or create extra space, such as extensions, loft conversions, and conservatories.

Other popular home improvements that are carried out with the use of homeowner loans include new kitchens and bathrooms, replacement windows, heating systems, insulation, and creating a driveway. Many of these improvements can add value to the property, which means that if you do decide to sell up the loan could be paid off with the additional value that has been added as a result of the improvements.

A number of lenders offer homeowners loans, and consumers wishing to carry out home improvements through the use of such a loan are urged to compare different loans carefully in order to check out the best interest rates and repayments. It is also important to remember that a homeowner loan is secured against the home, and failure to keep up with repayments could result in you losing your property.

Tom Smith
17th August 2007

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