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Knowing a Home Equity Loan



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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
A home equity loan is a kind of loan that allows you to use your home as collateral or guarantee. Because a home is considered as the most valuable asset, many homeowners choose this kind of loan for major items like education, medical bills and home improvement.
A home equity loan lets you borrow a certain amount. Most lenders set a credit line by through a percentage of the appraised value of your home and deducting it from the balance owed of an existing mortgage.

The lender determines your credit by considering your capability to repay the entire loan, principal and interest and evaluating your debts, income and other financial obligations and including your credit history.

If you want to avail of a home equity loan, find a plan that best meets your needs. Read the terms and conditions and the agreement carefully on several plans, including the APR or the annual percentage rate and the expenses of a plan. Keep in mind that the annual percentage rate is only based on the interest rate and does not cover the costs of closing, other fees and charges, thus you should compare these costs and APRs from several lenders.

Some of the expenses you incur in a home equity loan are the same as the expenses you pay for a home purchase. The costs could include application fee, fee for property appraisal to estimate home value, closing costs, up-front charges, attorney’s fees, taxes, title search, mortgage filing and property and title insurance.

Furthermore, you could also be subjected to several fees during the plan period like transaction fees, membership fees and annual maintenance fees. You can borrow up to 80 percent of the home value in a home equity loan.

Keep in mind that since you are putting your home as collateral for this kind of loan, you should not use it lightly. If you fell behind your monthly payments, you could lose your home since the lender could take over your home and sell it to regain the money they lent you.

When using your home as collateral for a home equity loan it does not necessarily mean that you could afford the monthly dues. Make sure to weigh your options well and find out if a home equity loan will fit in with your budget.

You can best use a home equity loan on improving your home that could increase the value of your property. Some home improvements like adding a swimming pool does not always increase the resale value of your property. Additional living space, bathrooms and modernized kitchens will surely increase the value of your property.

A home equity loan is a great way to get funds especially if your home is worth more than that you owe on it. Nonetheless, it could also lead to serious financial trouble, thus you should use it properly.

Consider using a home equity loan as part of your retirement funds or provide a college education for your child instead of spending it on things that do not last.
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