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Tips from Jean Chatzky
Certified Financial Planner
Refinance HELOC into fixed-rate loan?
Have a variable-rate home equity line of credit? Consider refinancing and locking in a lower rate.
Can HELOC unlock door to second home?
Prepare for the end of HELOC draw period
Refi HELOC to avoid a debt time bomb
Recent HELOC stories
Borrowing from home equity: Rules of the road
A home equity loan or HELOC can be a blessing or a curse. Know the difference.
Fix credit score for home-renovation HELOC
Repair your credit score before applying for a HELOC to pay for home renovations.
Home equity loans and HELOCs are available again
Banks have resumed home equity lending. Here's what's changed since the crash.
Too soon to try for home equity loan?
Don't bet the house that you can get a home equity loan after owning for just one year.
Best way to pay for home improvements?
Here's how to review your borrowing options when your home needs a serious facelift.
Should I refinance my home equity line?
With a variable rate, you face risk with a home equity line of credit. Is it time to refinance?
Boost retirement savings with home equity?
Even if you want to aggressively fund your retirement, you still need to be careful.
Couple panicked about HELOC payments
Worried about looming payments on a home equity line of credit? You still have options.
Splitting from wife, tapping cash from home
If you can't save your marriage, how can you extract the equity in your home?
True costs of a $20,000 home equity loan
If you're considering a home equity loan for a project, know what you'll actually pay.
Borrow against your home while in retirement?
Retirees face challenges in deciding whether to borrow against the value of their homes.
The best way to use home equity to raise $25K
Your home can raise cash in many ways. What's best: A mortgage, home equity loan or HELOC?
My refi's a HELOC. Anything wrong with that?
You found out your new mortgage is really a home equity line. Here's your loan lowdown.
Save by replacing mortgage with HELOC
If you can pay off your house fairly soon, you might have a cheaper mortgage option.
Refinance home to pay for daughter's college?
Cash-out refinancing on your home is one way to pay for college, but make your kid pay, too.
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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