Two major advantages of home equity loans are that payment of interest is tax deductible and that interest rates are very low. As a result of these advantages many borrowers use home equity loans to pay off high interest credit cards and loans.
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A home equity loan allows homeowners to borrow up to 85% of the value of their home. The amount of equity that a particular home holds is the total selling price of the home minus the total of the mortgage. The home owner may consider that a loan based on equity is unlike money received from other loans. This 85% percent is something that the homeowner already owns, so the financial risk usually associated with a loan is lessened in this set of circumstances.
Though technically not a home equity loan, some home owners use cash out refinancing in which a loan is taken out for a large amount that will cover the amount owed on the first mortgage with money based on the equity left over. Generally, the second loan should be taken out at a much lower interest rate than the first or else the homeowner may lose money in the bargain. A good example of this would be a home worth $180,000 with a mortgage of $100,000 at a 9% interest rate. If the new loan is for $130,000 at 5%, you have borrowed $30,000 against your equity of $80,000, but may come out better off in the long run because of the low interest rate.
Whether for home improvement or for debt consolidation, home equity loans are a smart way to borrow. Apply online for free to contact a home equity loan expert.