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A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a line of credit secured by your home. Learn about them and other home equity loans here.
Have you been inspired by one of the numerous investment property television shows? Or, have you seen friends or family find success in real estate? If so, you are probably intrigued by the prospect of investing in rental property. But figuring out how to get started can be a difficult task in and of itself. Financing, knowing what kind of property to buy, and the many other steps are all part of a well-rounded investment plan. Here are some tips from real estate experts on how to buy a rental property that’s right for you.
You may have heard that you should refinance to lower your interest rate or shorten your loan term, but are those the only reasons?
Second mortgages can be a great way to use the equity in your home to free up cash for important needs. Just like any other loan, there are some important things you should know about second mortgages before you begin the application process.
As your home’s value rises, it can be tempting to tap into the equity you’ve built as a source of cash. In 2018, more than 44 million U.S. homeowners had access to the highest amount of home equity in history — around $6 trillion.
Most new year’s resolutions include staying fit and healthy, losing weight, spending less and saving more. We spoke with Tom Kraeutler, the nationally syndicated radio host of The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show to discover New Year’s resolutions you can make that will help keep your house in great shape year-round.
During the homebuying process, you’re sure to encounter the term Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. So what exactly is your LTV ratio, and why is it important?
There are plenty of online tools to help you determine what your home is worth, but not all tools are created equal. Choosing the right Automated Valuation Model (AVM)—and using it in tandem with a true appraisal—is the best way to educate yourself about the value of your home.
Do you have childhood lake house memories or dreams of beachside retirement? Not sure how you can afford to purchase a vacation home of your own? Sharing your second home with others as a vacation rental is a path that can lead to great investment returns and maybe even a few new friends. We talked to vacation property gurus to get their top tips and advice for rental owner rookies.