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Is A Home Equity Loan The Answer To Your Problems?

Apr 8, 2008
If you got a really good deal on the home you bought and it appraises a lot higher than what you had to pay for it or if you have been paying on your home for quite a few years and you have equity built up in it that way, it might be tempting to tap into that equity by taking out a second mortgage or getting a home equity loan. There are different types of home equity loans and the one you choose can be critical. The real question is do you really need to get a second mortgage or an equity loan of any kind?

Buying a home is usually one of the largest investments people will make. It is a great way to pay to have a home to live in for the present and most homes when they are well maintained will go up in value also making it a great way to have some money in the bank so to speak. The equity that you have accumulated in your home over the amount you owe on it is one way that people will have some money that might be well used for their retirement.

When retirement time comes, you might consider selling a larger home that you bought when you had children living with you, invest the money in buying something smaller and still have a tidy little nest egg left over. Many retirement age couples will do this to ensure they have a paid for home to live in for their old age and have some something available to live on in addition to their Social Security benefits or an IRA.

When you take out a second mortgage or home equity loan, you will be gaining access to the equity now and will have to pay either one lump sum payment in a number of years to repay the equity loan or you will have to make additional monthly payments towards the loan in addition to your normal mortgage payment. It can get a little complicated to do this and the real fact is that you are also adding an additional risk of losing your home if you can not meet the payments.

Unless you have a really good reason to borrow against the equity in your home, it might be better if you just leave that money alone and try to find another way to come up with money such a personal loan using some other form of collateral besides your home equity. It could be one of your most valuable assets when you reach retirement.
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Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of no fax payday loans, and can help anyone get a Los Angeles payday loan in as little as 1 hour.
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