Do you have at least 20% home equity? Then a HELOC, or home equity loan, may be just the financial tool you need to improve the value of your home and finance other endeavors. Luckily, there are several different ways you can use your home equity as a financial tool.

Use Your Home Equity: Urgent Repairs

Everyone experiences “rainy days,” and it is important to keep your home well-maintained so that further damage doesn’t occur in the future. A home equity loan, or HELOC, is great to use for these unexpected and emergency repairs. In fact, a home equity loan remains tax-deductible as long as you’re using money from the loan to finance needed repairs that improve your home’s value. In the end, it can be a win-win situation—an extra boost of help for you that both makes repairs cheaper in the end and enhances the value of your home.

Planned Renovations

Since using a home equity loan or HELOC offers you a tax-deductible opportunity to improve the value of your home, you may want to consider using a HELOC for renovations and additions to your home.

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Use Your Home Equity: Debt or Large Purchases

While you should never jump into a loan without careful consideration, a HELOC may be a useful method to collect some extra funds for paying off mounting debts or financing an expensive purchase, like a car. A home equity loan can be a useful tool given its flexible nature, adjustable rates, and relatively lower interest. However, there are always circumstances where banks may change the interest rate for a HELOC. So, before you put money down on that new truck, make sure you talk to your bank representative ahead of time as well as have a solid plan for how you will pay the loan back.

If you’re wanting to round up a bit of extra cash for an expensive purchase or home remodeling, then a HELOC may be the right choice for you. However, be sure to do adequate research and planning before taking out a home equity loan so that you don’t run into any unexpected, financial issues.

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The Southwest Florida Real Estate Investment Association is the leading source of SWFL real estate investing events that provide investment education and networking in southwest Florida. We analyze the housing market and foreclosures and provide information, education, and networking events in order to build a network and knowledge base for investors and potential investors. Our members include real estate agents, brokers, investors, hedge fund managers, rehabbers, wholesalers, and more.

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