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Home Equity Loan and Home Equity Loans



Home equity loans have become one of the most sought after ways to lower debt payments through consolidation, to find the cash for remodeling, or purchasing a vehicle at a low interest rate. Applying for a home equity loan is like other loan applications: The applicant gives the prospective lender basic information about himself/herself such as name, address, telephone number and email address. Next they need to have the property address, income information, and Social Security number, and then the lender will get a credit report before approving a home equity loan. They will need to know bout any other loans you have against the property too. If there are other liens, they will be paid off with your loan so there will be only one loan with the status of Second Mortgage.

There are options as to the type of home equity loans available. If a person wants to have a line of credit available to draw on as needed, that can be arranged through home equity loans. The interest on a line of credit is tied to an index, so could change over the life of the loan. The other home equity loan option is to get a single lump sum to be paid back over a specified amount of time with fixed interest (that cannot be changed until it's paid off). This latter type of home equity loans are most popular, and is sought for a variety of reasons. Relief from credit card debt is probably the most common reason for getting a home equity loan, and the money is used to consolidate many debts under one low interest rate. Sometimes when a homeowner has lived in a house for a few years, it becomes apparent that rooms need to be enlarged or added on to accommodate a growing family. A home equity loan fills that need very well. College tuition is another reason some homeowners look to home equity loans.

There are more than one way to pay back a home equity loan. First, the length of the loans can be anywhere from five to fifteen years for home equity loans. The payments of part interest and part principal that are usually in place can be waived for home equity loan plans that call for interest only payments for the first few years. If a homeowner knows he will be moving from that place in the next few years, this is a good option. All of the principal will be taken out of the sales revenues when the house is sold. A balloon note is also an option when acquiring home equity loans. Smaller payments (based on a twenty or thirty-year loan) are paid for a specified time, then the entire principal and interest is due at one time. Overall, home equity loans can be good tools for clearing up debt and giving a homeowner peace of mind.

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