Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Get Extra Cash By Refinancing

Get Extra Cash By Refinancing by Melissa Kellett

There are many ways of consolidating debt. One of the smartest, though, is to refinance your home mortgage and use the extra money you can get out of your home equity to cancel other debts.

Benefits Of Refinancing

When you refinance your home mortgage you obtain a loan in order to pay off the existing one. This is beneficial especially if the new loan presents either a lower interest rate or a longer repayments schedule. In any case, the applicant will be able to reduce his monthly payments considerably.

By refinancing you will also be able to request a higher amount than the remaining of the outstanding loan and thus obtain extra cash from the equity you have built on your home. These refinance loans are known as Cash Out Refinance Loans and the surplus can be used for many purposes. However, you can raise your credit score and improve your credit history by using it for eliminating debt by paying off a certain amount of the remaining debt, especially high interest debt.

When To Refinance

If you think that refinance might be a good option for you to consolidate debt, you should pay special attention to the interest rate and the loan amount since these two issues will determine whether refinancing your home loan is convenient or not. A lower interest rate with a similar repayment program would lower your installments and thus you would have extra money for repaying your debt sooner. The same thing can be achieved if you can get a higher loan amount.

If you can obtain a lower interest rate by refinancing your mortgage, if you can get a longer repayment schedule and thus lower monthly payments or if you can get all the extra money you need by refinancing for a higher amount, then refinance is the right option for you.

If none of these benefits can be obtained by refinancing your home loan, then you should reconsider refinancing. There are other options like unsecured or secured personal loans and home equity loans and lines of credit that can help you consolidate your debt. You should also check when considering refinancing that the previous home loan does not have a prepayment penalty. Otherwise you might loose all the money you were going to save by refinancing your mortgage.

How To Find The Right Lender

Finding the right lender that will offer you the best deal on your refinance home loan is the key issue when it comes to refinance. The smartest way to go is to search online; there are some online companies that offer access to many lenders dealing with mortgages and refinance mortgage loans where you will be able to obtain free quotes and compare them in order to make a conscious decision. Refrain from contacting realtors to get advice on refinance home loan lenders. The truth is that it is not their area of expertise and they usually have agreements with lenders that will turn your refinance loan more onerous. If you want to get the best deal available you should shop around and compare rates.

Financing With Business Credit Cards

Financing With Business Credit Cards

You've heard the saying, "You've got to spend money to make money!" This couldn't be more true, especially in business. If you want to grow your business, you're going to need a source of funds and access to cash flow - particularly when things are moving slowly.

At one time, owners of businesses had to get business credit against the things that they owned personally and based on their personal credit score. This is a major liability because if your business doesn't make it, you could lose your personal assets, too! Thankfully, there are now ways to obtain business credit that is not just an extension of what you owe personally.

If you set the business up as an official entity- separate from yourself, you can apply for various business funding, including loans or credit cards. When a business is just starting out, it hasn't had the opportunity to establish it's own credit rating yet and so lenders will have to use your personal credit report to determine the level of risk in lending to a business you own. What happens if your personal credit score is not-so-good?

You can take some steps to increase your chances of getting a business credit card (or some other form of business funding) by doing the following:

Take steps to increase your personal score. Before you go any further looking for business credit cards or other sources of funding, do you know what your score is? Is your credit score below 640? If it is, it is recommended that you attempt to increase the score first. Often, making all of your payments on time for 3 consecutive months will pull your score up 2 to 4 points. Check with a financial advisor for some ways of increasing your credit score as it will only serve to help you personally as well as in business.

Create an LLC or Corporation. This type of business structure automatically means the business is separate, and not just an extension of you. If you are operating a business under your name, and have not filed any official paperwork with the government or with lawyers and accountants- your business finances are no different than your personal finances..

Have a physical address. Believe it or not, using a PO Box can hinder your ability to get a business credit card or loan! If you operate out of your home, you might consider getting a business mailbox from Mailboxes Etc, or UPS, as both offer a physical mailing address rather than a PO Box. Having a business phone line also will increase the way the business is looked at by lenders, and ensures the business is reachable.

If you are still unable to obtain business credit cards or financing on your first try, perhaps you know someone with a strong credit rating who would be willing to co-sign an application for you. You may not be able to have a business application for credit co-signed, but you can as an individual. Get a credit card in your name and then use it only for the business. Be sure to make the payments on time, and keep the balance manageable. Over time, you'll build up your personal credit score, which is seen as a boost for the business validity- and eventually you'll be able to obtain funding and credit cards under the business name.

Getting business credit cards and financing is a necessity that all businesses will face from time to time. There is a need for cash flow in order to grow and increase the business. With some careful planning and preparation, most businesses will be approved for a business credit card even if the owner has personal credit that is slightly less-than-perfect.
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