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What's best for financing home improvement?
Here's how to review your borrowing options when your home needs a serious facelift.
My refinance loan is a HELOC. Is that bad?
Pay off mortgage with lower-rate HELOC?
Refinancing home to pay for kid's college?
Recent HELOC stories
Paying down $29K HELOC balance due in 3 years
Increase your HELOC payments to pay down some of the debt before the loan is due.
Pay down HELOC with balance transfer offer?
While an offer sounds tempting, transferring your home loan to a credit card may be risky.
Best way to shop for a HELOC
It pays to know the ins and outs of how a home equity line of credit is priced.
HELOC default could lead to home loss
It's not just your primary mortgage you need to keep current to avoid foreclosure.
Consult a pro before opening a HELOC
Before establishing a line of credit, first consult with a home equity lender and consider the fees.
Law gives 3 days to cancel refi or HELOC
The right of rescission lets borrowers back out of some mortgages -- but be careful.
Foreclosed after bankruptcy? It's possible
Bankruptcy might prevent lenders from coming after you, but they still may come after the property later.
Time to look at home equity loan rates?
Home equity loans aren't as scarce as they used to be. It might be a good time to check rates.
Sobering rate forecast on equity loans
Strategize now to avoid getting stung by rising rates on loans based on home equity.
Is HELOC from rental home deductible?
If you use a HELOC from your rental property to pay for your primary home, you can't deduct the interest.
Paying mortgage with HELOC is risky
Using a home equity line of credit to pay off the mortgage can be risky.
Home equity loans still tough to find
Home equity loans and HELOCs are much harder to get these days. But the situation is not hopeless.
Should you pay car loan with a HELOC?
Paying a car loan with a HELOC can be risky because it can adjust to a higher rate.
Buying a car? Compare HELOC to auto loan
If both financing options are open to you, compare rates of an auto loan to a HELOC before deciding.
Don't turn HELOC into first mortgage
In today's interest-rate environment, it's likely a mistake to turn a HELOC into a first mortgage.
When a HELOC is used for a business
A couple wonders if interest on a HELOC is tax deductible if the loan is used for an LLC.
3 ways to lose a HELOC, keep the house
When a HELOC is secured by your home, one of these options may help you to keep your property.
Paying your car loan with a HELOC has pros and cons
The interest on the HELOC is tax-deductible, but your line of credit may outlive the car.
Higher rates make HELOCs less appealing
The large pricing spread on today's HELOCs makes them a potentially poor borrowing option.
Paying down HELOC could trigger lender freeze
Rushing to pay down a home equity line of credit opens you to the risk that the HELOC will be frozen.
identity theft scammers home equity lines of credit
With identity theft on the rise, scammers are targeting homeowners with substantial equity in their homes.
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