Bad Credit - Line of Credit
It is still possible to obtain a line of credit from most banks, even if you have a low credit score.
However, the terms may not be as favorable.
A bad credit line of credit may have you paying higher fees and interest, for example, or you may have to secure the LOC with physical assets.
Line of Credit Definition
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What Is a Line of Credit?
A line of credit, or LOC, is money lent to an individual or business which the borrower pays interest on.
Depending on the type of LOC, the client either receives a lump sum, or is allowed to “draw against” their line of credit to make purchases, until the credit limit is reached.
Typically lines of credit are given by banks, such as when an individual is issued a credit card.
What Is a Line of Credit and How Does it Work? Revolving vs Non-Revolving
Lines of credit will either remain open, or will close, once the loan has been repaid.
Revolving lines of credit are considered “revolving” because an individual’s credit is replenished when some or all of the outstanding debt has been paid off.
In contrast, a non-revolving line of credit is closed once the account is fully paid off, such as a student loan or mortgage.
Non-revolving credit usually has a lower interest rate.
How Does a Line of Credit Work? Secured vs Unsecured
Loans may be unsecured loans, or secured by collateral.
A home equity loan is an example of a collateralized loan, whereby the home is the collateral and will be claimed by the creditor in the event of a default on the loan.
Credit card loans are almost always unsecured, which causes creditors to take on more risk and is why credit card interest rates are generally higher and the borrowing limits are generally lower than secured loans.