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Home Equity Loans

If you need to remodel or repair your home, for debt consolidation or for educational expenses a home equity loan may be the best option available to you. Not only are you able to "tap" the equity in your home, the interest charges are, in most cases, tax deductable (there are limits to your deductability if the total amount of loans is in excess of 100% of its value).

There are a couple of options available to you. You can choose either a Home Equity Loan which is a fixed amount of money that is repaid over a fixed number of years, or a Home Equity Line of Credit where you will be approved for a set amount of money which you will access as you need it--whether for home improvements or some other use. Accessing your line of credit is as easy as writing a check.

Like all other loans, there are variances in terms, interest rates and the like. A good of comparison for home equity loans is where you submit an easy loan request form and get offers from lenders competing for your business--all within a few days (a process that used to take weeks!) Here is where you can take advantage of the ability of the Internet to make quick comparisons, saving both time and money. You can find both home equity loans and home equity lines of credit.

With interest rates still historically very low, this can be an excellent opportunity to restructure your payments, get a better rate than most credit cards and personal loans and work on the process of eliminating your debt load.

What is the difference between a Home Equity Loan and a Home Equity Line of Credit?

A home equity loan is a fixed loan. You will receive a specific amount of funds and your loan will be for a specific term (for example, 48 months). A home equity line of credit, on the other hand, can be thought of as a checking account with a balance. You will be apprived for a specific limit of funds which you can draw against as you desire, up to the limit. Your payments--and term--will be determined by the amount of money you use. You can find more informtation on both loans and lines of credit at .

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