Once you own a home, you'll get the urge to make home
improvements. Often, you'll need a home improvement loan.
Home Improvement Loans
Whether you've lived in a home for years or just purchased it,
you'll get the urge to make improvements. It's a natural urge to
want to redo bathrooms and kitchens or perhaps have a go at the
landscape. Room additions are also popular, particularly if
you're planning for an addition to the family. Room additions
become extremely popular when you aren't planning for a family
addition, but have one coming anyway!
If you're going to make improvements, you are often going to
need funds to make them. This is where home improvement loans
come in. Such loans typically come in two forms, a home equity
line of credit and a home improvement loan 2nd deed of trust.
Home equity lines of credits, known as HELOCs, are excellent
options if you equity built up in the loan. Essentially, a
lender will grant you a credit line equal to a percentage of the
equity secured by a 2nd trust deed on the property. As you make
improvements, you simply write checks off the line to cover the
costs. Importantly, check with your tax professional to see if
part or all of the repayment of the HELOC is tax deductible.
Usually, you'll get a significant write-off.
If you've just moved into the home and don't have much equity,
you will want to look at a home improvement loan. As with the
HELOC, a lender will issue you a loan in exchange for a 2nd
trust deed on the property. The difference, however, is a lender
will issue you a loan in excess of the home value, often to as
much as 125 percent of the current appraised value. This gives
you the cash necessary to make improvements even though you
don't have much equity in the home.
Improving your home is a natural evolution of the ownership
experience. Home improvement loans and home equity lines of
credit give you the ability to realize your dreams.
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