A second mortgage on a house refers to a second loan against the property.
Technically speaking, it is possible for a house to have more than one lien holder.
The first-priority will go to the first lender, while second priority will go to the second lender.
This means that should a borrower go bankrupt, and his house foreclosed and sold, the sales proceeds will be used to pay off the debt from the first lender.
If there’s anything left after that, the second lender will get it’s share of the claim.
Some even have the idea of using a second mortgage to redeem the first to save on interest rates.
But in practice, banks in Singapore are seldom willing (if ever) to become a lender for a second mortgage.
When borrowers inquire about these credit facilities, a lender would refinance the whole existing loan and provide additional funding via term loans or credit lines.
From a consumer point of view, replacing the current loan with a bigger one is not much different than taking a second loan.
Both will subject the borrower to credit checks and underwriting requirements. Both will have settlement costs to contend with. And both will give the homeowner some liquidity.
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