Home Equity

Cash-out refinancing to help your kids buy a home

Low mortgage rates and affordable home prices are attractive to first-time buyers, but finding down payment funds can be an obstacle. Find out how to use your home equity to help your kids.

Refinancing your home-equity line of credit to avoid payment shock

Back in the days before the housing bubble burst, many homeowners took out a home-equity line of credit in order to access their home equity. Some of those homeowners could be in for a shock if their minimum payments shoot up.

HARP extended for low-equity homeowners

As home prices began to rise in 2013, some homeowners have gained enough equity in their homes to refinance, while others still wait for their home value to rise above their mortgage balance. If you're among those who remain under water or have low home equity, a home...

6 things to consider before applying for a home equity loan

If you're in the fortunate position these days of having equity in your home, you may be thinking tapping that equity for a large expenditure. Make sure you understand how a home equity loan can hurt or help.

Home equity loans: The right choice for your situation?

Borrowing against home equity can be an inexpensive source of funding for home improvement and debt consolidation. Considering these aspects of home equity borrowing can help you make the right decision for your financial needs and security.

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