How to Use Home Equity

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Have home equity available? Explore all of the ways you could use this financial resource.

Is Remodeling an Old Fixer-Upper Worth It?

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Whether you’re taking a home you already love and making it better or taking a fixer-upper and restoring it to livability, the key to a successful remodel is planning. Remodel projects take a significant investment in time, money, and effort, and the details can become overwhelming without proper planning. Fortunately, by breaking it down step-by-step […]

Small Bathroom? Big Opportunity: Bathrooms and Home Equity

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One of the biggest reasons to remodel or add to your home is to improve its resale value. Many renovations and remodel projects show a solid average return on investment (ROI.) While opinions vary on whether adding a bathroom is a smart way to boost a home’s value, a bathroom addition can often have a […]

What is a Good APR for a Home Loan?

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What’s a good APR for a home loan? The answer is relative. Annual percentage rates (APRs) fluctuate based on the prime rate and other economic factors, so the definition of a good APR will vary based on what’s available when you ask the question. In addition, the rates offered to an individual depend on their […]

How Much Equity Do You Need for a HELOC?

How Much Equity Do You Need for a HELOC?

You probably already know that a home equity line of credit (HELOC) may be one of the smartest ways to fund significant home repairs, pay for education costs or consolidate outstanding high-interest debt into a single loan at a lower interest rate. But how much home equity do you need for a HELOC? In this […]