Your Answer to Debt Consolidation

By: Alan Lim

The home equity loan can help you pay off debts as well as have some extra cash at hand!

Consolidation is now a possibility

With rising default rates and delinquencies, most people today are finding it increasingly difficult to manage their finances. From existing loans to credit cards to even medical expenses - the average cost of living seems to have skyrocketed in all quarters. That's where a home equity loan can come to the rescue. Every month the prospect of having to pay multiple bills of varying amounts can be a huge difficulty. Not only is it difficult to keep track of all these bills and expenses, the cumulative costs can work out to be very high. With a home equity loan you can pay just a single bill every month. This will help you plan finances and get you more organized as well.

Reduced interest rates

Most of the time existing credit card debts, loan outstanding amounts and other liabilities can involve huge interest rates and high expenses. A home equity loan can actually provide a reduced interest rate. The best thing is you get the entire loan amount in a lump sum. This helps you pay for any expenses towards your liabilities. You also get some extra cash at hand.

Tax savings

A home equity loan has a tremendous benefit in that it provides for significant tax benefits. You get to deduct your interest amount if you have a home equity loan. This is if the home equity loan is being used for purposes like education, consolidation of debts or even for the improvement of the home etc. You can consult with a tax advisor to check the possibilities.

Customized loan

The best thing about a home equity loan is that you get to choose the type that suits your unique requirements. You can choose a home equity loan with a fixed or adjustable interest rate. The fixed rate will entail a designated monthly payment that does not vary with time. The adjustable rate will vary depending on market conditions. You can also have the option of getting an adjustable rate home equity loan with a rate cap that has been established beforehand.

Free up cash

With a reduced interest rate and longer payment period, a home equity loan can offer significant advantages. For example for starters, it frees up extra cash - so that you can utilize this amount for any home improvement modifications - like maybe doing up the kitchen, or getting new furniture etc. Suddenly getting a home equity loan seems rewarding because now you not only get to pay off all your debts, you also actually get some cash at hand to use for other important things!

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