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Time to tap your home's equity

As interest rates slide, the rates on home equity loans are becoming more attractive. These low-interest loans can be used to reduce high-interest credit card debt, pay for home improvements and lots more. Here's how they work.

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Ins and outs of home equity loans
Home is where the cash is
If you have equity in your home, you may want to capitalize on it. Before you do, check out the details on home equity borrowing; discover the opportunities and the consequences.
Home equity vs. HELOC
Equity loans come in two flavors: term loans and open-ended lines of credit. Which works best for you?
When and why to use your home's equity
Factors to consider before tapping your home's cash reserves
Frequently asked questions about trading equity for cash
HELOC, home equity loan or refinancing -- information to guide your decision
Tax advantages of home equity loans

Interest paid on home equity loans are often deductible. Here's how to calculate your tax advantage.

PLUS: How to run an equity equation.

Using home equity to finance your business
Funding a business startup with a home equity loan can be a risky move, but it's one of the easiest loans that a small businessperson can find.


-- Updated: July 17, 2002

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Home Equity
Compare today's rates
$30K HELOC 4.43%
$50K HELOC 4.07%
$30K Home equity loan 4.56%
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