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   Home Equity Loans

by Levetta Rivera

A home equity loan allows you to cash-in on the equity you have built-up in your home. The funds you receive can be used for debt consolidation, home improvement, college education, investments or any purpose. With a home equity loan your home is used as collateral to secure the loan. If you default on the payment you can lose your home so it is important to insure that you can afford to take out the loan before you sign on the dotted line!

Many homeowners get a home equity loan to consolidate bills. This can be a great strategy if you are overburdened with high interest credit card and/or consumer loan debt. A home equity loan can usually be obtained at a lower rate and all or a portion of the interest you pay on the loan may be tax deductible. If you are considering a home equity loan to consolidate your debt it will be wise to cut up your credit cards and close out the accounts. The last thing you want is to take cash-out of your home and end up back where you started from because you did not have the discipline to stop using your credit cards!

A home equity loan can also be a great source for obtaining cash to make home improvements. Next to debt consolidation, home improvements are the 2nd most widely used reason that consumers obtain home equity loans. Depending on what kind of home improvements you are making, it can increase the value of your home which may help to justify the added monthly payment expense you incur when you obtain a home equity loan.

A home equity loan can either be in the form of a fixed-rate loan or an adjustable-rate line of credit. With a fixed-rate home equity loan you receive all of your money in one lump sum and the amount of your monthly payment is the same for the duration of the loan term. With an adjustable-rate home equity line of credit you are approved for a credit line amount in which you can draw from as needed. In most cases you will only pay interest on the outstanding amount and your interest rate is subject to change. As such your monthly payments may vary depending on the outstanding loan amount and interest rate in any given month.

There are many home equity loan lenders online who will lend to people with good or bad credit. You may want to compare the rates and programs of several lenders before making your decision to increase your chance of getting the best possible deal. Also, consult with your tax advisor to see how much of your home equity loan interest will be tax deductible.

About the author:
Levetta Rivera is a successful mortgage broker, author and publisher of the following web sites:

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