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5 Ways to Use Your Home Equity Line of Credit


Your home is a source of pride and accomplishment. Did you know that your home can also be an affordable source of income? As your home appreciates and you make your monthly mortgage payments you build what's called equity. You can access this equity at attractive interest rates using a home equity line of credit (HELOC).

There are a number of advantages to securing a home equity line of credit if you need access to cash for a project or another goal. First, a home equity line of credit may be tax-deductible. Also, HELOC's are very flexible, you access only the money that you need with checks or cards offered by your credit union. That flexibility extends to use. Following are some of the most popular uses for your HELOC.

? Education - College tuition can be very expensive and, unfortunately there are not enough scholarships available to fund the educational expenses of every school-bound student. Most parents do not have pockets deep enough to foot the bill and many loans can be expensive or carry unattractive features. A home equity line of credit offers an attractive option for funding your child's education. Access the money as you need it a pay tuition bills without stress or worry.

? Renovation or remodeling projects - Your home is probably your greatest investment. Add personal or more comfortable touches with remodeling or renovation projects. Many projects such as bathroom and kitchen remodeling jobs can add value to your home's price tag. Maximize your investment and take a tax break to boot.

? Travel - Traveling on a shoestring budget can be fun, but there are times when you want to go first class. The trip of a lifetime awaits with a home equity line of credit. Join your family for a reunion in Ireland or celebrate your fifth or fiftieth wedding anniversary with an African safari.

? Purchase a car - Buy the car of your dreams - finally, with a home equity line of credit. No need to worry about haggling with the dealer, or forgoing discounts or rebates, you have the cash in hand, and a great interest rate.

? Consolidate bills - The average American carries around $7,000.00 in credit card debt. At typical interest rates and with minimum payments it could take more than twenty years to bring the balance to zero. Your high interest credit card bills are a thing of the past when you pay them off with a home equity line of credit. Again, the interest may be tax-deductible. Before you consider this option, make sure that you are ready to change your spending habits otherwise you'll be worse of than when you started; and this time you won't have you home equity as a safety net.

Home equity lines of credit help you do more of those things that matter to you. They can be a wise financial move as they typically offer lower interest rates than other types of loans. It is important to proceed with caution if you decide on a home equity line of credit as the loan is secured by your home. If you are unable to pay, the lender is entitled to seize your property to cure the default. Some states allow foreclosure without a judge's permission. You could lose your home in as little as 37 days. Learn about the laws in your state and before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that you understand your responsibilities and obligations as a borrower, as well as the lender's recourse in the event of default.Credit Unions offer great rates on home equity lines and loans.

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Why to consider a mortgage refinance, even if you just bought recently  cleveland.com

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How to Refinance a Mortgage and When to Do It  TheStreet.com

Your mortgage can cost a lot of money over time. Here's how it might just cost a little less....BAC.


Refinance rates decline for Friday  Bankrate.com

Several closely watched refinance rates decreased today. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see what that means for you.


Will mortgage rates drop even more? Should I wait to refinance?  The Mortgage Reports

Mortgage rates are near historic lows, but maybe you've heard that nagging voice, the one which says “wait just a little longer. Rates can drop lower.


Refinance mortgage rate moves up for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate cruised higher. See what that means for your refinance.


Refinance rates advance for Monday  Bankrate.com

Several benchmark refinance rates cruised higher today. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see what that means for you.


Debt Consolidation with Mortgage Refinancing: How to Pay Off Debt with a Refinanced Mortgage  Zing! Blog by Quicken Loans

Considering a mortgage refinance to consolidate debt? Before you do, read our guide to make sure you understand how it works along with the pros and cons.


ARM, HELOC mortgage borrowers could get a break if Fed lowers rates  Bankrate.com

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Refinance rates trend higher for Wednesday  Bankrate.com

Several closely watched refinance rates cruised higher today. See what that means for your refinance chances.


Refinance mortgage rate retreats for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

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More than 8 million homeowners are leaving big money on the table by not refinancing  CNBC

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6 Strategies To Make Your First Mortgage Refinance A Success  CBN News

Mortgage rates may be rising but there's still room to refinance your home loan. Use these six ways to get the best deal on your first mortgage refinance.


Should you refinance your mortgage now?  Clark.com - Clark Howard

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Mortgage rates today, July 18, 2019, plus lock recommendations  The Mortgage Reports

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How to get the best deal on your home mortgage refinance  cleveland.com

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Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Thursday  Bankrate.com

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Refinance mortgage rate slides for Friday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate slid lower. See what that means for your chances of scoring a killer refi rate.


Lower Rates Crimp Value of Banks’ Mortgage-Servicing Rights  The Wall Street Journal

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Weekly mortgage rates fall further, but only refinance applications rise  CNBC

Mortgage application volume was 40% higher than a year ago, largely because lower rates are strengthening the refinance market.


Mortgage rates today, July 19, 2019, plus lock recommendations  The Mortgage Reports

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U.S Mortgage Rates – Rates Rise for Just the 3rd Time in 13-Weeks  Yahoo Finance

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Refinance rates tick lower for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

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It's Your House, Only Cheaper — Why Homeowners Should Refinance Now to Save Big  PaperCity Magazine

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Fed interest rate cuts to usher in new era for home buyers  The Mortgage Reports

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Over 8 million homeowners are leaving big money on the table by not refinancing  The Coloradoan

Refinancing can lower monthly payments, but it can also provide easy money for homeowners with high levels of home equity.


Mortgage rates dip for Monday  Bankrate.com

Several key mortgage rates receded today. If you're shopping for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.


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Mortgage rates sink to a 31-month low after Federal Reserve expresses uncertainty about the economy  The Washington Post

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Several closely watched refinance rates dropped today. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Guild Mortgage Will Consider Airbnb Income on Refinance Applications  Mortgageorb

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How the Fed’s interest rate decisions affect mortgage rates  Bankrate.com

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More than 8 million borrowers can now benefit from refinancing their mortgage  HousingWire

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Mortgage rates increase for Wednesday  Bankrate.com

Several benchmark mortgage rates cruised higher today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Refinance mortgage rate moves up for Monday  Bankrate.com

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U.S. mortgage rates climb following holding period  Dayton Business Journal

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Benchmark mortgage rate falls for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

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Qualify To Refinance Using Short-Term Rental Income  Zing! Blog by Quicken Loans

Do you rent your primary or vacation home on Airbnb, HomeAway® and Vrbo™? You can now use the income to qualify for all conventional loans.


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Dougherty provides refinance dollars for 165-unit multifamily property in Ohio  REjournals.com

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9 housing and mortgage trends for the rest of 2019  KGUN

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Mortgage discounts | United Federation of Teachers  United Federation of Teachers

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Mortgage rates today, July 3, 2019, plus lock recommendations  The Mortgage Reports

Owing to markets being closed for the Independence Day holiday, this report will not appear tomorrow. As predicted, average mortgage rates fell a little ...


Mortgage rates fall for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Multiple key mortgage rates receded today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see what that means for you.


Mortgage Rates Keep Dropping – Market Update  Zing! Blog by Quicken Loans

Some data around home sales disappointed, but mortgage rates continue to fall. All that and more on the way in Market Update!


Refinancing Jumps in Government-Backed Mortgages, Bucking Market  Bloomberg

A surge in government-guaranteed mortgage refinancings is underway, bucking the decline in the broader market since early June.


U.S. housing bonds, left out of rally, are poised for a rebound  MarketWatch

Amundi Pioneer makes bull call on U.S. housing bonds with government backing.


Mortgage rates today, June 24, 2019, plus lock recommendations  The Mortgage Reports

Average mortgage rates rose on Friday, as we predicted. But the increase was tiny. Leaving aside Thursday, that average is currently at its lowest since ...


Mortgage rates today, June 26, 2019, plus lock recommendations  The Mortgage Reports

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'Now Is The Time To Refinance': Low Mortgage Rates Cause Surge In Refinancing  Forbes

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The power of mortgage insurance — and which state's buyers use it most | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

Mortgage insurance often gets a bad rap. But according to new data, it actually helped more than 1 million Americans either purchase a home or refinance their ...


As mortgage rates plunge, should you refinance?  Fox Business

Nearly 6 million people can now cut their mortgage payments with refinancing.


Saudi Real Estate Refinance, Deutsche Gulf Finance Ink Deal on Low Profits Mortgages  Asharq Al-awsat English

The Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC), a subsidiary of the Saudi Public Investment fund (PIF), signed Sunday a partnership agreement with ...


Mortgage rates inch up as housing demand gathers momentum  Mortgage Professional America

Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed that, after three straight weeks of holding steady, mortgage rates have inched up for the week ...


Mortgage rates today, June 25, 2019, plus lock recommendations  The Mortgage Reports

Average mortgage rates held steady yesterday. A modest fall had looked more likely first thing. Still, their being unchanged was a real win for borrowers.


Mortgage rates haven’t been this low since 2016 — here’s how to decide whether to refinance your home loan  MarketWatch

More people are pursuing refinances as mortgage rates have dropped.


As rates drop, mortgage refinancing surges but home purchase loans remain tepid  USA TODAY

Homeowners scramble to refinance mortgages as rates hit the lowest level in 17 months. But mortgage applications for home purchase rose just 0.5%.


Mortgage rates are falling—here's how to tell if you could save money by refinancing  CNBC

As mortgage interest rates drop, homeowners could save hundreds per month by refinancing. However, it's not a smart financial decision for everyone.


5 Signs It's Time To Refinance Your Mortgage  Forbes

You've probably heard that refinancing your mortgage can save you money. While that's true in many cases, refinancing needs be done at the right time in order ...


Nearly 6 million people can now cut their mortgage payments with refinancing  Bankrate.com

The recent drop in rates means that 5.9 million people can potentially save money by refinancing their existing home loans and securing a lower rate -- two ...


When Mortgage Refinancing Makes Sense  Seeking Alpha

There are many misconceptions about what happens with refinancing a mortgage and the effect on interest payments. The important factors are rate, time and ...


These are the best (and worst) reasons to refinance your mortgage  Bankrate.com

Whether you've owned your home for a short time or you've had your mortgage a bit longer, a mortgage refinance involves careful consideration. After all, you'll ...


Stocks Fall Despite Strong Economic Data – Market Update  Zing! Blog by Quicken Loans

Retail sales and industrial production showed some really strong results in June. Despite this, stocks fell quite a bit. Find out what happened.


Lend America exec to be sentenced in fraud case  Newsday

A Long Island man who pleaded guilty to felony charges in the collapse of a $1-billion-a-year mortgage lender is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court ...


Mortgage refinancing spree becomes a race against the clock  Bankrate.com

Some 2.43 million homeowners can reduce their mortgage interest rate by refinancing, according to a recent mortgage report by Black Knight, a mortgage data ...


Homeowners refuse to tap into massive equity. Is that a mistake?  The Mortgage Reports

Home equity is up and rates are down. But homeowners refuse to tap into equity for major financial goals like a college education or home improvements. Is that ...


Refinance Your Mortgage Quickly: Prequalify in Just 3 Minutes  Credible News

Let us do the heavy lifting for you. Compare rates from multiple lenders with no impact to your credit score. Refinance your mortgage with peace of mind.


Re-Air: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers  The Motley Fool

Buying a home is huge, and there's not exactly a test run you can get comfortable with before you put a down payment on your first. What there is, though, ...


If You Ever Want To Retire, Here's The Best Way To Refinance Your Mortgage  Forbes

The usual reasons to refinance are to reduce the monthly payment or to raise cash. The third option, which is under-appreciated, is to shorten the period of ...


Mortgage refinance boom goes bust as rates shift higher  CNBC

A turnaround in interest rates turned borrowers back on their heels last week, deflating a quick boom in refinance demand.


Mortgage Rates Drop Again -- Homeowners Can Save Hundreds Per Month By Refinancing  Forbes

Mortgage rates are continuing their downward spiral. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan has dropped to just 3.82%—down ...


More, Hirt, and Henn of Mission Capital Advisors arrange
$15.2 million first mortgage refinance for The Box Factory
  New York Real Estate Journal Online

Brooklyn, NY Mission Capital Advisors' debt and equity finance group has arranged $15.2 million of first-mortgage financing for The Box Factory, redeveloped ...


4 irresistible perks of a VA mortgage refinance  Bankrate.com

Interest rates are near historic lows, and one particular VA loan refinance option that is easy to qualify for can enable homeowners to save thousands on their ...


What to consider before determining whether to refinance your mortgage  Washington Post

REAL ESTATE MATTERS | For a home-run refinance, try to find a deal that helps you do these four things: lower your interest rate, shorten your loan term, lower ...


Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Saturday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.


Refinance mortgage rate moves higher for Wednesday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate were higher. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.


Refinance mortgage rate moves higher for Friday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate were higher. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how your future mortgage payments could be affected.


Freddie Mac CHOICERenovation construction / renovation loan: 2019 guidelines  The Mortgage Reports

The CHOICERenovation (sometimes written “Choice Renovation”) mortgage from Freddie Mac gives borrowers a new option to buy and fix-up homes without ...


TRANSACTIONS  Real Estate Weekly

Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp. (MMCC) arranged a total of $4,280,000 in refinancing for 29 single-family rental properties in the southern New Jersey area.


Mortgage refinance checklist: what you need to refinance your home  The Mortgage Reports

This handy mortgage refinance checklist tells you what you need to do before refinancing. Get your paperwork in order and know your refinance goals to speed ...


Cash-out mortgage refinancing: Here’s where homeowners are using it most  Bankrate.com

Homeowners who snagged a low-interest mortgage in recent years generally avoid refinancing the loan because interest rates are higher now. When they need ...


Mortgage applications surge on refinances as rates hit 21-month low  USA TODAY

As mortgage rates fell to the lowest level since September 2017, mortgage applications surged 26.8% last week, led by an increase in refinancing.


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