A second mortgage is the second loan secured against your home. The first loan is the one with which the home was purchased. It is a big decision to make to decide to have two big loans to pay off and then still to have them secured to your home. This means that your home is at risk if you encountered any financial problems and found it difficult to repay the loans. If the bank decided to foreclose you would lose your home.
There are very few reasons that just taking a second loan on your home. The interest rate of this loan is very high and then there are still loan charges as well. The risk and expense are hardly worth taking this loan.
To qualify for this loan you would have the usual credit check by the bank and you would have to submit a statement of your expenditure and income for the month and answer the usual questions of state of employment and personal details. As the loan is secured against your home the lender is less at risk to lose his money. The interest rate is higher than on the first loan.
Very few banks and financial institutions will lend a prospective home owner the full purchase price of the property. They expect you to have saved up the deposit. If you do not have the required down payment when you purchase your home you could borrow a second loan to pay the deposit. It would not be necessary to borrow the second loan from the same bank as you borrowed the first one.
It could save you money if you shopped around to find a money lender that was prepared to negotiate the interest rate. Any small amount saved is less to pay in the long term. Borrowing this loan is probably more acceptable than having to postpone buying your home while you were saving enough money for the down payment.
This loan is very helpful when you have major renovations to do on your home. As home repairs can cost a lot of money it will be worth your while to take a loan and pay for the necessary repairs to be done.