Is A Home Equity Credit Line Right for You?

by : Tony Forster

As you probably know, most loans come with variable interest rates. Generally, home equity loan rates differ with each lender. Some come with attractive low introductory rates, and a few come with fixed rates. Also, you may find that most home equity loans have large one-time upfront fees, others have closing costs, and some have continuing costs, such as annual fees. There are also home equity loans with large balloon payments at the end of the loan and others with no balloons but with higher monthly payments.

There is no one loan that is right for every homeowner. Different homeowners have different loan needs. The challenge therefore is to contact different lenders in order to compare your options and select the home equity loan best tailored to your needs.

Some things you need to keep in mind before choosing your home equity loan:

  • Be sure to review the home equity contract carefully before signing it.
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions about the terms and conditions of your financing.

Is Home Equity Credit Line Right for You?

One of the best sources of credit is your home equity line. This is because you can use the value of your home as collateral for a loan without having to sell your property. Initially, home equity credit lines may provide you with large amounts of cash at relatively low interest rates. And, what's more, they also offer tax deductions, which is an advantage you can't find in other types of loans.

However, with home equity loans, your house serves as mortgage collateral. This further means that if you default on your loan, your lender may foreclose on your home. With home equity loans, therefore, your home is at risk if you are late or cannot make your monthly payments. Loans which require you to pay a large final (balloon) payment may lead you to borrow money in order to pay off this current debt. And if you do not qualify for refinancing, your home may be in jeopardy. In addition, because home equity loans give you relatively easy access to cash, you might find yourself borrowing money more freely. Selling your home may not always be the option when a situation arises where you can't afford to make anymore payments on your loan. This is because most plans offered require you to pay off your credit line at that time.