Home equity loans and HELOCs use the equity in your home—that is, the difference between your home’s value and your mortgage balance—as collateral. As the loans are secured against the equity value of your home, home equity loans offer extremely competitive interest rates—usually close to those of first mortgages. Compared with unsecured borrowing sources, such as credit cards, you’ll be paying less in financing fees for the same loan amount.
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When you refinance your mortgage, you replace your current mortgage with a new loan. The new loan might have different terms — moving from a 30-year to a 15-year term or an adjustable rate to a fixed rate, for example — but the most common change is a lower interest rate. Refinancing can allow you to lower your monthly payment, save money on interest over the life of your loan, pay your mortgage off sooner and draw from your home’s equity if you need cash for any purpose.
With home prices still climbing, some are seeking alternatives to traditional housing. One great option that may cost less than a traditional home without compromising much on necessary features is a manufactured home – which you might know as a “mobile home.” Contrary to a conventional home, which might sell for $200,000+, a manufactured or mobile home will typically cost $60,000 – $100,000.
1% and 0% down home loans are great for those who are ready and qualified to be homeowners, even if they have limited cash on hand. You can have a steady income and good credit while still not having enough for the traditional mortgage. That mortgage typically has a 20 percent down payment, which can end up costing you up to tens of thousands of dollars. With 1%-down home loans, the only payment required at closing is the standard closing costs.