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Home Equity Basics
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Home Equity

Chapter 1: What equity debt is

Before tapping the equity in your home, become familiar with the way home equity loans work.

Chapter 2: Decisions, decisions

Home equity loans are available in two ways -- as a fixed-rate loan or a variable-rate line of credit. Which one is best for your situation?

Chapter 3: Applying

The keys to a great rate are your credit history, your income and the loan-to-value ratio.

Chapter 4: Watch out!

Tapping your home's equity can be risky. Know the loan rules, your home's value and your actual costs before closing the deal.
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Advice for homeowners looking for options to use their home’s equity wisely. Delivered monthly.

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Time to sound HELOC alarm bells?

Dear Dr. Don, I have a variable-rate home equity line of credit, or HELOC, at 2.9 percent. I'd like to convert it to a fixed-rate mortgage. I have 20 years remaining to pay off the home equity line. Would it be beneficial... Read more

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