What are the Benefits of a Home Equity Loan?
A home equity loan, often referred to as a second mortgage, allows you to borrow money for large expenses or to consolidate debt by leveraging the available equity in your home. Your home equity is based on the difference between the appraised value of your home and your current balance on your mortgage. For example, if the value of your home is appraised at $200,000 and you still owe $150,000 on your mortgage, your available equity is $50,000.
Benefits and advantages of a home equity loan
A home equity loan can be a good option if you need to cover large expenses associated with home renovations, college tuition, consolidating debt, or other types of major expenses. Because you can borrow against the value of your home, a home equity loan may also be easier to qualify for than other loans because the loan is secured by your house.
Home equity loans typically carry fixed interest rates that are often lower than credit cards or other unsecured consumer loans. In a changing rate environment, a fixed rate loan can provide simplicity in budgeting, because your monthly payment amount remains the same over the life of the loan and will never increase.
The amount you borrow with a home equity loan is provided to you in one lump sum. This offers you flexibility to cover large expenses. You pay back the loan amount with regular monthly payments that go toward accrued interest and principal for the agreed-upon number of years. Just remember, a home equity loan must be paid in full if your house is sold.
A tax deduction may be available for the interest you pay on a home equity loan if the loan was used specifically for home renovations. We encourage you to consult a tax professional or visit irs.gov for more information.