Home Equity Loan Resources

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Home Equity Loan Resources
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Sat, 02-18-2006 - 8:19am

These are some articles explaining the basics of HEL and HELOCs. Many people ask about using these types of loans to pay off their debt. These articles explain some of the advantages and disdvantages of doing so:

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/green/loan/basics1-intro.asp

http://www.mostchoice.com/financial_planning_mortgages_home_equity.html

http://money.cnn.com/2002/12/03/pf/banking/q_equity/






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Sun, 02-19-2006 - 1:19pm
Thanks Tiffany.

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Danni

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Sun, 02-19-2006 - 3:12pm
I LOVE those life of the debt APR offers. As long as you're really careful about paying on-time I personally prefer this way to pay down CC debt just bc you're not putting anything directly at risk. Did you ever read about that guy who has like 80 credit cards and never pays interest on any of his loans? He charges everything to his cards and shifts around the debt so that it's always at 0%. This was an article in smartmoney about him: http://www.smartmoney.com/consumer/index.cfm?story=20041228





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Mon, 02-20-2006 - 1:47pm

This is just my opinion here...

But it is NEVER a good idea to turn un-secured debt into SECURED debt my using home equity to pay off credit cards. Suzy Orman spounts this too. Lots do. What happens is you then run all the cards back up and what happenes to your house? You lose it bacause you can't pay the first mortgage, second mortgage, and the new cc's too.

Just another option to think about, but seriuosly think about it. Go see a financial advisor before ever doing this.

sweetpea

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Mon, 02-20-2006 - 3:02pm

I have to agree with you. Converting unsecured debt into secured debt with your home's equity is not a good idea. At first blush it sounds like a good idea, but it can be a very, very wrong decision.

The credit industry is heavily marketing this concept. The credit industry is courting all those with any amount of home equity to cash it in for all sorts of reasons that sound sensible: put cash in your pocket and offer an easy way to pay off revolving debt and you have the tax benefit of writing the interest off. However, the flip side of reasons to not do this usually isn't discussed.

No one can tell what the future will hold and pulling out equity with a HELOC is not a wise idea for most people.

Carolyn

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Mon, 02-20-2006 - 8:57pm

You know - I have seen info on this guy - it seems nuts, but hey if it works for him! :)


DH and I are using about 25% of our available credit on our cc's, so we're below the magical 50% number.

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Danni