Did you close on your house ten years ago and did you built up some equity already? Do you pay your house payment every month but do you also have a bunch of credit card companies that you are trying to keep happy? Do you pay an interest rate of seven percent on your mortgage but do you have a twenty three percent interest rate on each of your credit cards? What a waste! This is definitely the time to consider a second mortgage and the equity in your house will help you get a good deal.
If the equity in your home is more than the total amount that you owe the credit card companies and what you owe to banks as unsecured loans, than you are in the perfect position to negotiate and win. After all, most banks prefer the security of a mortgage loan where the equity is the collateral over the unsecured loans that leave the financial institutions in the cold when you decide to claim bankruptcy somewhere in the future. If you are in a situation like this you will be able to go negotiate with your bank for a second mortgage. The total of your monthly payments will end up being considerably lower and you will be able to enjoy life a lot more.