Learning the Basics of Home Equity Loans
What Is A Home Equity Loan?
A home equity loan, also known as a second mortgage, allows you to borrow a large sum of money by using your home/property equity as collateral.
How Home Equity Loans Work
It works like this: if the value of your home is worth $200,000 and you still owe $150,000 on your mortgage, your available equity to borrow is $50,000 .
Benefits Of A Home Equity Loan 
- Easier to qualify for than other types of loans
- Low, fixed interest rates and monthly payments
- No restrictions on how you can use the funds
- You can access large sums of money immediately
Why People Get A Home Equity Loan
Here are some valid reasons why you might benefit from a home equity loan:
- Major home renovations
- Pursuing a college education
- Debt consolidation
- Emergency expenses (job loss, medical bills)
- Certificate of Deposit
Remember, a home equity loan is still a loan that you will need to pay back. These loans serve best for purchases that will have a positive financial return in the long run. To stay out of debt, and to avoid losing your home, do not use a home equity loan for:
- Expensive vacations
- Luxury cars
- Designer clothing
- Paying off credit card debt
How To Know If You Qualify For A Home Equity
A lender will determine your financial responsibility by appraising your house, calculating your debt-to-income ratio (which compares your monthly debt payments to your monthly income), and checking your credit card score . If a lender determines you will be a responsible borrower, then they will approve your loan request.
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