Understand the main reasons why you should pay your arrears even if it means getting a personal loan to do it. We will also discuss a few tips on how to use your loans wisely to avoid getting into debt all over again.

There can be some confusion as to the differences between arrears and defaults. In simple terms, when fail to pay your mortgage, you call the unpaid balance, ‘arrears’. It’s ‘default’ when you missed payments on other types of credit—such as credit card or personal loans. Here are some of the most practical reasons why you should immediately settle your arrears—using a personal loan:

  1. Save money on your growth asset. When you pay your arrears you are protecting your home equity. Instead of losing your home, why don’t you just pay your dues and enjoy the benefits of having a home which could increase in value overtime. Plus, you can also use a portion of you loan to make some improvements to increase your home’s fair market value. This is particularly advantageous for those who have obtained their first or second mortgage at a lower interest than the prevailing rates.
  2. It protects your borrowing power. When you take out a loan, it has to be repaid at all cost. You will have to pay a fixed rate or variable interest rate on the loan. Since you put your home as a security to the loan, you have to give it up when you do not have enough money to pay your dues. When that happens, your borrowing power would diminish.

It is too difficult to obtain a mortgage when your home has been foreclosed because of unpaid monthly repayments.

Your home is one of the biggest financial resources. By building your home equity, you can also build up your wealth. You can take a home equity loan and use the proceeds to start a home small business. In addition, many businesses also start from home. You can take advantage of the fact that you don’t have to rent a business space nor commute. It offers flexibility and the perks of growing your business around your family.

  1. You can build income overtime. By building your equity, you are producing wealth while literally living inside your investment.

There are a lot of things you can do with your home. When your neighbors of friends who are working from home think that their business outgrows their working space at home, you can offer a portion of your house as an incubator space or a co-working hub. Not only will you increase your home’s value, you will also boost your income while helping other people establish their businesses.

Here are tips when using a personal loan to pay arrears:

Determine the exact amount of money you need

It’s not how much money you want, but how much do you need that really matters. Some borrowers waste money on unnecessary things because they fail to determine how much they really need in the first place. Take the time to pin down your intended loan amount, as accurately as you van before you fill out the application form. But, don’t forget to allow for contingencies, as emergencies may happen. While you should not borrow too much, it must also be enough to cover not only the arrears but other things that could put you in a much better financial position. Borrowing an exact amount may put you in financial trouble especially if you don’t have a backup plan on how to repay the loan when your income decreases or when emergencies arise.

Ask yourself how you will use the borrowed money

Though lenders offering personal loans will not ask you where the money is going, you must specifically know what it will be spent on to avoid wasting it. Simply saying, “to pay arrears” does not give you a specific guide on how to spend it wisely. List all accounts where you have arrears and if possible, include unpaid credit card balances and other debts that charge high interests. It is also important to put aside a certain amount for your emergency fund so you have enough money to cover contingencies when they arrive—and you won’t have to go back to your lender to borrow money again.

Third, decide when you will pay the loan back and how will you pay it. Do you have a conservative cash flow projection? Do you have the capacity to pay back the loan, based on your current income or business standing? Will lenders approve your loan even if you don’t have adequate collateral to pledge? Make sure that you make the right decisions when getting another loan. It can save your assets for now by paying your Home Loan Arrears, but you can still lose them if you don’t establish your finances as soon as possible.