But as home prices recover, more people have been able to tap their home’s equity to pay for renovations, consolidate debts or help pay for other big ticket items.
Home equity lines of credit were up 27% during the year ended June 30, according to financial services company Experian and consulting firm Oliver Wyman. And more people are expected to follow suit.
But does that mean a home equity loan (HEL) or home equity line of credit (HELOC) is right for you? Here are five things you need to consider.
In recent years, mortgage rates have hovered near historic lows — with nearly 9 million borrowers getting 30-year fixed mortgages at or below 4%, according to CoreLogic.