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What is a Home Equity Line of Credit (or a HELOC) and what can it be used for?

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What is a Home Equity Line of Credit or a HELOC? And what can it be used for?

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As a homeowner, you may benefit from the equity in your home to pay for major expenses with a home equity line of credit. It's a flexible and convenient way for you to borrow funds against this equity for things like remodeling your home, consolidating debt or larger purchases, even purchasing a car.

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First, it's important to understand what home equity actually is. For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $220,000 on your mortgage, this means you would have $80,000 of equity that you may be able to borrow against.

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Using this equity as a line of credit gives you multiple ways to quickly and conveniently access available funds that can be used for home or non-home related expenses. Home equity lines of credit can generally offer lower interest rates and higher credit limits than other forms of credit.

 

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Homeowners can use them for home improvements, debt consolidation, or making large purchases, and could be tax deductible. Regardless of who your mortgage is with, if you have equity in your home, here at U.S. Bank, we can help you better understand your borrowing options to make the process efficient and painless, meaning your next big project or purchase might be closer than you think.

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What is a home equity line of credit and what can it be used for?

Home equity may be used for more than just upgrades to your home. You may be able to use a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to pay for major expenses.

Tags: Home, Home equity, Loans
Published: August 16, 2018

As a homeowner, you may be able to use the equity in your home to pay for major expenses with a Home Equity Line of Credit.  This video shows how a HELOC is a flexible and convenient way for you to borrow funds against this equity for things like remodeling your home, consolidating debt or large purchases, even purchasing a car.

 

Ready to put your home equity to work for you? Learn more about HELOCs and apply here.