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Category: Home Equity

March 06, 2020

How Does a Home Equity Line of Credit Work?

Homeownership has its advantages. Saying “goodbye” to renting often means saying “hello” to increased square footage, stable housing payments, and potential tax benefits. It also provides an opportunity to build equity, the difference between the mortgage balance and the market value of the home, in an appreciating asset. The good news gets even better when homeowners learn they don’t have to sell their homes to access that equity. They can use a home equity line of credit to access the cash value in their homes today.

July 31, 2019

Should You Apply for Another HELOC?

A home equity line of credit, aka HELOC, makes it possible for many Americans to purchase a second home, complete a delayed home improvement project, pay off high-interest rate credit card debt or achieve any number of financial goals without selling their primary residence. The popularity of HELOCs continue to rise.

July 01, 2019

The #1 Source of Additional Funds for Homeowners

Homeowners who need additional funds to pay for college, buy a second home, consolidate high-interest debt, or pay for a special event often find themselves unnecessarily stumped by the question “How am I going to pay for this?” Many homeowners can avoid accessing savings or borrowing against a retirement account to pay for these and other expenses. They can do so by tapping into the equity in their home.

March 26, 2019

Is Home Equity Loan and Mortgage Interest Still Tax Deductible?

Some people look forward to tax season as much as a visit to the dentist’s office. Others are excited about the possibility of a sizeable tax refund and view April 15 with great anticipation. In either case, this year’s tax filing won’t be a simple repeat of last year.

July 03, 2018

What is a Second Mortgage?

Borrowers looking to apply for a Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit are likely to hear the term "second mortgage" at some point as they are shopping and applying for a loan. Although a common term, it's one that is often open for misinterpretation. In our latest blog, we review this terminology and bring clarity to it.

October 27, 2017

How Risk Affects your Home Equity Line of Credit Rate

When deciding to take out a Home Equity Line of Credit, one of the first things someone will research is the rate they will pay. As they research rates offered by various lenders, they often learn that more and more banks offer what is called risk-based pricing, which then prompts the question, “What exactly is risk-based pricing?”

September 20, 2017

What is Debt-to-Income Ratio?

If you’re looking to borrow a Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit, the term debt-to-income ratio is likely to come up. This is a major consideration when a lender is evaluating a credit application. You'll want to be sure to know what it means.

June 15, 2017

Will I Need a Home Appraisal When Applying for a Home Equity Line of Credit?

A home appraisal is an impartial evaluation of a home’s value performed by a professional appraiser. What an appraisal allows a bank to do is confirm that the value of your home is more than the outstanding balance on your mortgage plus the amount you are looking to borrow on your Home Equity Line of Credit.

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