Should I Use My Home's Equity for Debt Consolidation?

Consolidating your debt with a home equity loan can simplify your finances.

By consolidating, you'll have just one payment instead of many. Then you can chip away at what you owe even faster with a lower interest rate. You can do this with two options: a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit. They both use your home as collateral.

A home equity loan has a fixed interest rate. It makes budgeting easy with a fixed interest rate, loan term and predictable monthly payments.

A home equity line of credit gives you flexibility—it's there when you need it. As you make payments, that amount of the credit line becomes available again. You'll have a variable interest rate, but it's likely to be lower than the interest rate on a credit card.

Home equity pros

  • Make one monthly payment instead of many
  • Save money with lower interest rates

Home equity cons

  • Your home ownership may be at risk if you're unable to repay the debt
  • You may have to pay closing costs if you pay off your home equity line of credit within 36 months

The bottom line

Compare your options and make the best choice based on fees, closing costs and interest. Finally, be clear that you are borrowing against your home in order to simplify your debt payments.

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