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How can I Finance my Home Improvement Project?

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If you still telling your spouse that shag carpet is still cool because you don't know how to finance your home improvement project-I can help!

You can finance your project in three ways:

Home-equity loans (Fixed Rate Lines) are installment loans, like regular mortgages and auto loans. You're given a certain amount of money, which you typically receive all at once and pay back according to a set schedule, over time. Home-equity loans are typically used for larger projects and are preferred for their fixed rate option.

Home-equity lines of credit, by contrast, work more like credit cards. You're given a credit limit that you can borrow against, and paying down your debt frees up more credit that you can potentially spend. Home-equity lines of credit have variable interest rates that are typically tied to the prime rate (a variable rate). Home-equity loans are preferred for smaller projects because you can pay the draw of money off when desired.

Cash-out refinancing, is when you replace your existing mortgage with a larger one and use the extra cash to pay for improvements and repairs. This could be a good choice if:

  • Interest rates have dropped since you got your current mortgage.
  • You'll be in the home long enough to recoup your refinancing costs.
  • Your project adds lasting value to your home.

If you are still unsure of what the best option is for you, please don't hesitate to call!

I look forward to hearing from you,

Spencer Brown

Comments (1)

Nima Rezvan CT Lender CT Senior Mortgage Broker
Nima Rezvan Prosper First Funding Corporation NMLS#110681 - Fairfield, CT
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA


Welcome to the community.  You have made a very wise decision to join!


Jul 06, 2007 03:41 PM