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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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Time to sound HELOC alarm bells?

Have a variable-rate home equity line of credit? Consider refinancing and locking in lower rate. Read more

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Tap home equity in retirement?

Dear Retirement Adviser, Our home is paid off with a value of more than $400,000. We are in our mid-70s and would like to use some of the equity to increase our income and giving. Our only debt is a credit card, which we...Read more

Will HELOC exit report post-Ch. 7?

Dear Bankruptcy Adviser, I filed Chapter 7, and my debts will be discharged within days. Included was a home equity line of credit. The home was awarded to my ex-husband in the divorce, but I had co-signed on the loan....Read more

Getting runaround from lender?

Dear Dr. Don, I have some questions about some problems I'm having with a home equity loan. The Truth in Lending Act statement said it was a fixed-rate loan with 120 payments to pay off a $24,000 loan over 10 years. At...Read more

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