Understanding HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit)
Home Equity Loans
Borrowers also obtain home equity loans to pay for home improvements / remodeling, college education or medical expenses. Because interest is tax deductible on a home equity loan, many homeowners choose to borrow against a residence to buy consumer goods. They reason that if they finance consumer goods by obtaining an unsecured loan or putting the purchase on a credit card, they cannot deduct the interest, but they often do not stop to consider whether the item is really a necessity. It is not a good idea to borrow against your home to purchase luxuries such as motor homes, ski boats or vacations, but people do it. Advantages to a home equity loan are:
Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
Borrowers can take out a home equity line of credit and never repay a dime. That's because a HELOC is a line of credit, meaning if you never actually take any of the money available, you won't ever need to pay it back. It's available by writing a check for more than you have in your account or by making withdrawals against a specific account at your lending institution.
Some of the characteristics inherent with a HELOC are:
Note: The time to apply for a HELOC is when you don't need it. It's credit that will be available to you should you ever need to draw on it, whether you are subsequently unemployed or facing an immediate financial emergency