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Financial Literacy 2007 - Home equity
Part 5 of 12
Home equity toolkit
Use these calculators, work sheets and tips for making the smartest home equity moves.
Understanding mortgages
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This calculator compares the total cost of four types of borrowing -- car loan, home equity loan, home equity line of credit (HELOC) and cash-out mortgage refinance.

Car loans, because they have the shortest term, will always have the highest monthly payment. But whether it's the most costly in the long run depends on interest rates, tax brackets and whether you pay more than the minimum. To rank the loans, type in your own numbers and press "enter." Explanation of terms
Car loan Home equity loan HELOC 1st mortgage cash-out refinancing
Loan Amount:
Interest rate (defaults from Bankrate averages):
Loan term (months):
Expected costs to close loan:
Federal income tax:

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