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Are Home Equity Loans Coming Back?

Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:10:50 +0000

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Wondering if you can qualify for a home equity loan? Recent indications suggest that second mortgages are on the rebound, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easier to get.

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A Home Loan for the Holidays?

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:47:27 +0000

Money always seems to be tight around the holidays. That’s why a lot of people start thinking about a home equity loan or cash-out refinance this time of year.

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Refinancing to Rebuild Home Equity

Fri, 25 May 2012 22:48:37 +0000

Getting a lower interest rate is probably the main reason homeowners refinance their mortgages. But refinancing can also help you rebuild your equity in your home more quickly as well.

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Reverse Mortgage vs. Home Equity Loan

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 01:10:53 +0000

If you’re over 62 and need to borrow against your home equity, what’s the better option? A reverse mortgage or a home equity loan/line of credit?

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Improving Home Value and Equity

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 01:31:10 +0000

Both home values and home equity have taken a beating in recent years. As a homeowner, are there any practical ways to increase the value of your home and your home equity as well?

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Can You Still Get a Home Equity Loan?

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 22:39:24 +0000

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You don’t hear much about home equity loans these days. In fact, it sometimes seems that lenders have turned off the tap on the once-popular second mortgages that used to fund everything from home improvements to new cars to expensive vacations and more.

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Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction Explained

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:51:07 +0000

With tax season coming up in just two months, learn exactly what the mortgage interest tax deduction is and why it benefits you.

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4 Home Improvement Loan Options

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:51:03 +0000

There are many reasons to renovate your home. Here are a few ways to finance the project. Home renovation is an excellent way to breathe new life into your aging surroundings.

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Three Ways to Avoid Mortgage Anxiety

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:03:25 +0000

You don’t need statistics to tell you that Americans are anxious about their finances. Keep the worry out of mortgages by following these three suggestions.

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The Home Equity Savings Plan

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 13:27:06 +0000

American cartoonist Kin Hubbard said “the safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” The truth is, Americans have a hard time making money, and an even harder time saving it.

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Home Equity for Technology Upgrades

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:06:38 +0000

In this market, your home may sit unsold for months. If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest in home technology, you may be looking at years instead of months, or be forced to drop your asking price.

Keeping technology current

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Tap Your Home Equity for Energy Efficiency

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:30:17 +0000

What do Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, Leo DiCaprio, and Rachel McAdams have in common? Besides being famous Hollywood personalities, all of them are dedicated environmentalists. And believe it or not, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) wants you to join their ranks.

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A Short History of Home Equity

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:16:52 +0000

What does movie meteorologist Todd Gross say when weather patterns foreshadow an unlikely set of circumstances in The Perfect Storm? “It would be a disaster of epic proportions. It would be...the perfect storm.” The U.S. housing crisis has been called a perfect storm in its own right, and home equity’s changing image has played a starring role.

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Using Home Equity for Small Business Loan

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 13:00:57 +0000

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. According to the October 2010 “Facts and Trends,” which is published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a small business is a privately-owned company that has fewer than 500 employees, and sales lower than $25 million annually.

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San Francisco: A Mecca for Mortgage Fraud

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:09:57 +0000

San Francisco has a lot to boast about. In addition to its 3,480 acres of parks, 2,870 bars, and a bridge of renowned beauty, it’s one of the most expensive housing markets in America, and one of the top five cities with the highest credit scores. It’s not a cheap city in which to live, but residents wouldn’t give it up for the world—well, maybe the World Series.

With all its affluence and beauty, the San Francisco Bay area is also one of the most popular places nationwide for home equity fraud.

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Four Popular Reasons to Tap Your Home Equity

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:57:05 +0000

According to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, total mortgage debt for the second quarter of 2010 was $14,019,735,000,000. That’s a lot of zeros. Add that to the total debt per person of $10,168 -- not including mortgages and home equity loans – and you can conclude that Americans are big-time debtors.

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Five Ways to Preserve Your Home Equity

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:51:51 +0000

Home equity is an endangered species. According to Bloomberg, housing prices have dropped 26 percent since 2006. A report earlier this year claimed that 11.3 million homeowners -- almost a quarter of all U.S. mortgage holders -- were underwater on their loans. If you’re one of the lucky ones who still has equity in your home, do everything in your power to retain it. Here are five tips to preserve your home equity.

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Four Ways Home Equity can Help Fund Retirement

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:26:59 +0000

It was soon after ’64 when the Beatles imagined what life would be like when they were 64. They saw a simple life -- knitting a sweater by the fireside, mending a fuse when the lights were gone, and renting a cottage every summer in the Isle of Wright. But with retirement accounts shriveling up, where will today’s seniors find the funds for life’s simple pleasures? The answer may be found in their home equity.

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Quell Financial Insecurity with Home Equity

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:08:02 +0000

Have you been feeling nervous about your financial situation lately? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent report from the Rockefeller Foundation and Prof. Jacob Hacker of Yale University, economic insecurity in this country is at its highest point in 25 years.

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Home Improvement: Eight Tips for Finding a Contractor

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:23:18 +0000

Have you been contemplating a serious home improvement project lately? Then you may be hearing the words of Voltaire resonating in your head: “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” With mortgage interest rates at record lows, living well may mean giving yourself the gift of home renovation.

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