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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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HELOCs offer fixed-rate option

Borrowers can set aside part of a home equity line of credit as a fixed-rate loan. Read more

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Do I lose home's equity in refi?

Dear Dr. Don, When you refinance the mortgage on your home, what happens to the equity? Can it be saved while refinancing, or is it typically lost as part of the transaction? Thanks, -- Ken Capture Dear Ken, The equity...Read more

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

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