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Using Real Estate for Home Improvement Loans

Aug 17, 2007
Nowadays, the property you live in and pay for is much more than a shelter or a roof over your heads. Today real estate is turning into a fully fledged private bank for many homeowners. Many homeowners are using the equity they have built into their home to get liquid cash in their pocket for a number of things. This type of financing is often referred to as a home owner's loan, or a home improvement loan, or a home equity loan. How it works is you use your existing real estate as collateral to finance a loan for your home improvement needs. Either way, no matter what it is called, real estate is required in order to qualify for any of these loans. Whether you need a fresh coat of paint in the house, a total home renovation, or Betsy's off to college and you need some money, you may consider looking into a homeowner's loan to pay for it.

Updating the bathroom, building an addition for your new home office, or any type of remodeling requires financing. Luckily today there are many ways to finance your real estate improvements. The first thing you need to do is determine how much you need and how long do you need it for. If you can determine this relatively quickly, it will be that much easier to determine whether you go with a home improvement loan, home owner's loan, or just use your credit cards. Another factor you need to consider is how long do you think it will take to pay it all off? If it is going to be less than a year, using your tax refund may be just as equitable to you and save you from borrowing against your real estate. If you need enough money that it will take as long as twenty years to pay it off, then financing against your home may be the best option for you.

Borrowing against your home can come with whatever terms you want it to. It can be short, medium, or long term. In each of those options there are a variety of options, each of which comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. What options you end up going with will be relatively easy depending on what criteria you go into the loan with. These criteria include how much equity you have in your own, what your credit rating situation is like, and what kind of time flexibility you are working with in regard to when you intend to pay it back.

For every homeowner there is a different approach, and you will only know what is best for your specific situation by sitting down with your banker or loan officer to find out what is best for you. You and your loan officer will together create an honest assessment of your financial situation, and the real estate you are using as collateral. From this you both will decide what type of homeowner's loan you can use for your home improvement needs.
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The author - Ajeet Khurana - writes on finance topics, among others. He recommends: Home Improvement Loans and Homeowner Loans and I Buy Houses.
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