Credit cards can be a great convenience, but the interest rates charged on unpaid balances are usually much higher than those found with home equity loans. If you have significant credit card debt you should consider paying off the credit card balance by getting a home equity loan. If you itemize your tax deductions you may save some taxes too.
Most credit cards now require a minimum payment of 4% of the outstanding balance. Paying that same amount on a home equity loan with a lower interest rate will enable you to pay off the balance much faster.
Using a home equity loan to pay off credit card debt can be an effective way to use the equity in your home as an effective financial tool.
How does a home
equity loan work?
The amount you can borrow depends on the amount of equity in your home and your other credit characteristics. A general rule of thumb is that you may be able to borrow up to an amount so the total debt against your home (including the first mortgage and any other loans where your home is pledged as collateral) is less than 75% or 80% of the current value of your home.
The interest rate
charged will usually be variable and will be tied to some published index,
like the prime rate. Be sure to check out the rate details. Usually,
you repay the loan in regular installments and with minimum repayments
required. With some home equity loans, the minimum payments may only be
the interest on the loan and you may be required to repay the loan at
a certain date.
Beware of the risks
Read and understand all the details before signing. Loan documents can be confusing and the easy process of getting this type of loan can mask the costs and risks.
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