Home » Finance » Debt Consolidation

Using Equity Lines Of Credit For Debt Consolidation

Apr 24, 2008
Over the past few years, new lending options have cropped up in banks all across the country. These days equity lines, and loans have become common household staples, and consumers have new and creative ways to borrow money, finance their homes, and consolidate their debt.

While it may seem like an easy quick fix, experts warn against automatically turning to equity lines and loans as a way to reduce debt.

What is an Equity Line or Loan? An equity line offers a line of credit based on the equity that you have in your home, with a variable interest rate. An equity loan is basically the same thing, but instead of a line of credit, the consumer is given a lump sum payment with a fixed interest rate attached. Although the interest rates on equity lines are usually lower, in a fluctuating economy, an equity loan with a slightly higher fixed rate may be the safer option.

What can you use an equity line or loan for? Banks advertise these options as a tax deductible way to pay off debt, renovate your home, pay for school, or even make purchases at a much lower interest rate.

Anything you would use a traditional consumer loan to pay for can be done using the equity in your home. Often, equity lines and loans are promoted as a safety net to retirees, who pay higher taxes without the tax deduction a mortgage provides.

Is an equity line or loan right for me? While equity lines and loans do offer lower interest rates, and can be a fast and easy way to pay down debt, experts warn that they should be used with extreme caution. As a consumer, you must determine if you have the discipline that is required for an equity line or loan.

Although the loan will allow you to momentarily solve your debt problems, the debt doesnt disappear. You still need to make monthly payments on your equity line. If in the meantime, you continue to overspend and rack up even more credit card debt, you may find yourself worse off than before. Now you have no equity to tap into; and if you are unable to pay your bills, your home is on the line.

When it comes to debt consolidation, it may be tempting to seek out the quick fix. Equity lines and loans are great options, but they do require hard work and discipline. Use these tools carefully, and knowledgeably, and begin today to reduce your debt.
About the Author
Consolidation isn't the only way to get out of debt. Another effective method to speed up paying off debt is to snowball credit bills. Learn how the snowball method works on the Debtopedia website at http://www.debtopedia.com
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 160
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources