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Getting a Home Equity Line of Credit
 
Getting a home equity line of credit
Learn about a home equity line of credit
 
 
   

 

Getting a home equity line of credit
A HELOC can be a great way to finance big-ticket items like home improvements or college tuition. The benefits include flexibility, quick closings, and mortgage interest tax-deductibility - a better alternative to high-interest credit cards. Quickerlend expert home loan officers can answer all your questions about how to get a home equity line of credit. Credit cards are a good thing, but a home equity credit line is a great way to use the equity in your home to finance big ticket items such as home improvements, paying off high-interest debt, financing a car, or paying for college tuition.

A credit card is a revolving line of credit that you use when you need it, and make payments only if you use it. But credit cards can charge very high interest rates. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is also a revolving line of credit. You draw from it again and again as you need it, and make payments only if you use it. But, unlike most credit cards, you get a much lower interest rate with a home equity line of credit than with a credit card. Using a home equity line of credit is a way to turn bad debt into good debt. In other words, the interest on the debt you have on your high-interest credit card cannot be deducted from your taxes. But the interest on your HELOC is usually tax-deductible.

There is also flexibility that can be built into home equity loans that you wouldn't get for say, an auto loan. There are different home equity programs that have an interest-only option. With an interest-only loan, you can pay only the interest for a pre-determined amount of time and pay as much principal as you want, even none. You can't do that with an auto loan. Most lenders offer home equity lines of credit for up to $100,000. But Quickerlend offers a line of credit for up to $500,000! This is a great option to have when buying your dream vacation home.

It's fairly easy to get a home equity line of credit. That's one of the best things about it! Nowadays, many companies allow you to apply online and close within a very short period of time, 7-10 days typically. There's less paperwork to deal with, the closing costs are less expensive and the process is just as easy as applying for a credit card. If you get a home equity line of credit at the same time as your first mortgage with the same lender, you only have one closing to go to for both loans.

A home equity line of credit can be thought of not as a mortgage or a loan, but as a smarter way of using your home's equity to finance big-ticket items. Think of it as a low-interest alternative to high-interest credit cards that comes with greater flexibility and tax advantages.

 
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