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What Things Do You Need to Know About Home Equity?

You can build home equity by making mortgage payments and improving your home’s value through renovations and updates. Every time you make a mortgage, the amount of your loan you have left to pay off decreases. If property values in your area increase, the amount of your home equity also increases. If property values decrease or you refinance your mortgage and borrow more money, your home equity decreases.

This article discusses the other aspects of a home equity loan. Read on.

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

A HELOC is a home equity loan that acts like a credit card. It has a revolving line of credit that the borrower can access at any time. The limit on the line of credit is set at the beginning of the loan but can’t exceed 65 to 80 per cent of the home’s value. The borrower makes monthly minimum payments on the loan.

Second Mortgage

A second mortgage is a mortgage you take out on top of your primary mortgage. This can be beneficial as it allows you to pull out the home equity as a lump sum in cash.

Keep in mind that second mortgages will have a higher interest rate than standard mortgages. This is because the lender of the second mortgage has a lower repayment priority than the primary lender. 

Refinancing

Refinancing your mortgage is an efficient way to access the equity you’ve built up in your home. An allowed 80 per cent of the home’s value may be borrowed, minus the balance on your mortgage. This can be a good way to get money for other things, like paying off high-interest debt. Some fees may be involved, but it may be cheaper than getting a second mortgage.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A home equity loan is a loan that is secured by your home. This means that if you default on the loan, the lender can foreclose on your home. Because of this, lenders are willing to offer lower interest rates on home equity loans than on other types of loans.
  • A HELOC is easy to set up and does not require you to reapply and qualify to borrow more money as long as you do not exceed your original limit.
  • A home equity loan is a loan that is secured by your home equity. If you default on the loan, the lender can foreclose on your home. However, one advantage of a home equity loan is its flexibility. You can use the loan for any purpose, and there are no restrictions on how you use the loan.

Cons

  • If you borrow against your home equity, you could end up owing more money than your home is worth. This could make it challenging to sell your home or refinance your mortgage.
  • There may be some fees associated with getting a home equity loan, such as legal or appraisal fees. You may also have to pay a mortgage penalty if you’re refinancing your home.
  • If property values in your area go down, the value of your home could decrease as well. This could leave you owing more on your mortgage than your home is actually worth.

Conclusion

If you’re considering borrowing against your home equity, it’s crucial to weigh the risks and benefits. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions before signing on the dotted line.

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