What is the difference between secured and unsecured debt?


 Secured debt is a debt backed by a mortgage, pledge of collateral, or other lien; debt for which the creditor has the right to pursue specific pledged property upon default. Examples include home mortgages, auto loans, and tax liens.

 Unsecured debt is a claim or debt for which a creditor holds no special assurance of payment, such as a mortgage or lien; a debt for which credit was extended based solely upon the creditor’s assessment of the debtor’s future ability to pay. Credit cards are usually not secured, although, some credit union cards are secured if you have another loan with them.

Sherry Ellis