While real estate values continue to rise across the country, many homeowners are choosing to borrow cash out of their homes through home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs. The longer you own your home, the more valuable it becomes. This is because you are paying down the principal balance of your real estate, combined with an increase in the value of your home. The resulting difference that exists is considered your working home equity, and is a valuable financial source that can be utilized for many purposes. A home equity loan or home equity line of credit lets you borrow against some of that equity, with your home used as collateral.
You Need Equity
If you believe you are ready to explore this option, you’ll need equity in your home, and a good credit score. Before you apply for a loan, check your credit score to determine what kind of rate you’ll be eligible for. The higher the score, the better the interest rate on the home equity loan or HELOC. Also determine how much debt you currently have such as credit cards and other debt, which can greatly affect your ability to obtain a loan.
Try to calculate the amount of equity you have. You can accomplish this by working with a mortgage or loan specialist. Once you have done your homework, shop the rates and apply for your loan. You’ll probably qualify for either a fixed-rate home equity loan or variable rate home equity line of credit. Understand that there is always a financial risk with any loan, as rates can change and home values can fluctuate as well. Once you are approved, what can you use the loan for? To consolidate debt from credit cards, make home improvements or repairs, purchase a second home or cottage, obtain a vehicle, or cover college expenses. The choice is yours.