Tapping into your home’s equity is a great way to get quick access to cash and knock some big items off your to-do list. With a home equity line of credit (HELOC), your credit limit will be based on your current home valuation, and it offers the flexibility of accessing the money when you need it. A big benefit of a HELOC: You only pay interest on what you actually use.
Here are the four most common reasons to take out a HELOC:
1) Home improvements. One of the main reasons homeowners take out a HELOC is to tackle a home renovation or remodel project. Making improvements to your home not only makes it more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, but certain upgrades can also have a significant impact on your home’s overall value.
According to research, the top two areas of a home to upgrade are kitchens and bathrooms. Done right, they add the most resale value.
2) Emergency expenses. We say it all the time: It’s always a good idea to have an emergency fund, and your home’s equity can help. Covering large medical bills, the loss of a job, or any other unexpected or costly life event can be a good reason to utilize your equity.
3) Education. Using the equity in your home can also be a smart way to pay for college, because a HELOC may offer a lower interest rate than other loan options.
4) Travel. While some vacations can be covered within a family’s normal budget, many popular destinations can cost thousands of dollars. Using a HELOC can help finance your vacation plans without the worry of using a credit card or putting a strain on your normal budget.
Every time you pay down your mortgage loan or do something to increase the value of your home, you build equity. Equity is a major benefit to owning a home and a key piece of a homeowner’s financial security. These are just four ways you can utilize your equity, but truly the possibilities are endless.
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