Home Equity Loans VS Home Equity Lines Of Credit

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Working as a financial consultant, I get hundreds of emails and calls everyday inquiring about many different financial products. I have noticed that home equity loans are a very common source of doubt for my customers. As regards home equity lines of credit… well, let us just say that great many people do not even know of their existence. It is a real pity that these products are not better known because they are incredibly versatile as they can be used for many different purposes. They are also very cheap sources of finance.That is why I decided to write an article on the basic concepts of both of these fantastic financial products.Home Equity LoanHome equity loans are usually referred to as second mortgages, because they are secured against the value of the house. The borrower uses the equity on his property as a collateral for the loan. So… what does equity mean? Equity is the different between the property’s market value and the remaining balance of the mortgage and any owed debts related to the property. If you have finished paying the mortgage on your home (or never applied for one), then the equity on your home is 100% of the real value. If you have already paid 40% of the home, then the equity will be worth 40% of the real value of the property.Loans based on the equity on your home are marvellous. They are granted almost to any home owner and their terms are usually extremely favourable. Not only are the interest rates very low, but they are also deductible!What use can the borrower give to the money? Well, that is the beauty of this type of loan. You can do anything, the world is your oyster! Whether you need to remodel your house, add rooms to it, go away on a long vacation, purchase a used or new car, or even acquire a second property, home equity loans can help you in so doing. There is no limit to what you can do, only your imagination.Repayment plans range from 5 to 20 years, and as you might have noticed, they are somewhat shorter than the repayment plans on mortgage loans.Home Equity Lines Of CreditThis credit is also know as an open-end home equity loan. It is also a loan based on the equity on your home, but it has one major difference: you decide how much and how often to withdraw funds. The lender sets a limit on how much can be withdrawn, but once this amount is repaid, the borrower can take out funds again, and so on.Lines of credit based on equity are perfect for you if your monthly income is variable (as often happens with self-employed people). There is a minimum monthly payment which consists of the interest rate if you have not withdrawn any funds.If what you are looking for is flexibility, then a line of credit will be just perfect for you. No fixed monthly payments, instant availability of funds at your best convenience, among other advantages.Now you are fully aware of what these two equity based credit products have to offer, it is up to you to choose the one which best meets your requirements.