Can I get a home equity loan with a credit score under 500?

My husband and I own our home free and clear and have been having trouble getting financing because of our credit score. I am guessing that our home is worth approx $125k, I am guessing. (our neighbors said theirs actually appraised for quite a bit more) We would like to borrow $50k-$80K to pay off unsecured debt and clean up our credit. Will this even be possible?


The only reason why we are here is because, our family business went under and we are trying to get back on our feet. The high intrest on our credit cards is making it impossible to pay them, after such a dramatic change in our families lives.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You cant get much of any loan with that credit score. There are some small things you can do to boost your chances..

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  • 1 decade ago

    You may be able to get a secured loan from a bank by signing over your home as collateral, but your credit score is based on how well you "borrow". In other words, the way to a good credit score is to borrow often and pay it back always on time. Evidently, you have some bad debts and this is affecting your credit score. I'm surprised you can't find a sub-prime to lend to you at some ridiculous rate, though. Just because your house may be worth $125K doesn't mean you will pay back the loan and this is what the lender is looking at.

    My question is "What's the point of borrowing money from one place to pay off a different debt?" I'm not an expert but the guy whose website I linked below is. He teaches a way to live your life without having to go into debt and has gotten a lot of people out of debt over the years. Hope this helps.

    One thing to keep in mind is that money problems aren't caused by money and they won't be solved by money, either.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You could if you don't mind paying a huge finance charge and 25% interest.

    Getting a home loan to pay off credit cards rarely works in the long run...

    People get the home equity loan, the credit cards have 0 ballance... they say "WOW we can buy stuff!" and... pretty soon the credit cards are maxed again AND they owe a huge mortgage and they can't pay any of the payments on anything.



    Turn off the cable TV and satellite.

    Turn off your internet connection... you can't afford it. Use the computer at the library for e-mail.

    Don't buy ANYTHING if you don't have actual green cash in your pocket to pay for it.

    Don't put the green stuff in your pocket until all the bills are paid every month.

    Learn to live within your means.

    BTW... look at how much you are paying in finance charges every month. Think how much more you could afford if you didn't have to pay that interest and late charges....

    Source(s): Morons who set up public education didn't put practical financial management into the curriculum because... it would show you just how stupid Congress is to ever pass a budget with a deficit.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sell your home and your problems are solved. Seriously, you can pay off your debt and still probably walk away with a little money for a down payment later. If you take an equity loan you are just shuffling your old debt into this new debt. I would sell the house.

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  • Pengy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Better option instead of putting your home at risk is going to consumer credit counseling service, they will get the interest rates down, late charges removed, and give you one payment a month to make, and the services are free. If you mortgage your home and it will be at a high rate of interest you will lose money in the long run, and possibly your home. DO not take that route you will be heading for disaster

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  • 1 decade ago

    If my sister in law can get financed anyone can.

    right now loan company's are falling all over themselves to make secure loans ;For your home they would be in a can't lose situation. be careful make sure the gremlins that ran up that unsecured debt are gone for good.And the reasons for the poor credit are history, because you are letting your home bail you out, next time you are looking at the street.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yep, not a problem. You will probably want a regular home loan not a credit line since they are more expensive. Ask a local mortgage broker, they should be able to help. This will not be cheap, but it is possible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If your score is500 it will be very hard.try to get it up to 580 and u won't have a problem.THE FASTEST WAY IS TO PAY OFF A FEW CREDIT CARDS AND THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK.**** LUCK.

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