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Using Your Equity to make Home Improvements

If you have equity in your home, you can use that equity to pay for improvements to your home.

Home Equity Loans come in two forms, a one time loan and a line of credit. A one time Home Equity Loan gives the borrower the funds in one lumpsum, and the borrower repays the loan in equal payments over the loan term. A Home Equity Line of Credit works like a credit card account. The homeowner draws funds from the credit line when needed, and needs to pay only the interests on the outstanding balance.

A home equity does not have to be used for improving the home. A home equity can be used for a rainy day, starting a business, purchasing a car, consolidating debt or any other reason that you may want.

Depending on the costs of your planned improvements there are a couple types of loans you may want to consider. If you have sufficient equity in your home you can look at a home equity loan or line of credit to fund the work. If you are planning a major renovation, there are also rehab loans that will base your loan off of the "as completed" value of your home.

There are rehab loans available where the work is completed by a licensed contractor, as well as loans available where the owner completes the work themselves.

You should plan wisely to determine whether the improvements you are making to your house would add any value to your property. Some improvements are only cosmetic and do not add value. You should talk to your local appraiser or mortgage broker to find out what improvements add value to a home during an appraisal to aide in your home improvement planning.

The interest on a home improvement loan, whether it is used for making home improvements or paying off high interest credit cards may be tax deductible.

The need to remodel a kitchen or bathroom, adding a swimming pool, or building an addition on your house are some of the most popular reasons for using your equity to make home improvements.

Often times, people will obtain a home equity line of credit in order to draw on the funds for their home improvement when needed and therefore reducing the cost of the money overtime by not paying interest on money they do not yet need.

Using your equity for home improvements is a great reason for a refinance, because you are using your equity to increase its self. The home Improvements you do to your house will only increase the value of your home.

Using the equity in our home to finance home improvements is a great way to get low cost home improvement funds. The interest rate will usually be lower than other forms of financing plus the interest is usually tax deductible.


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