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HELOC Payoff

Mark Cappel
UpdatedMar 11, 2008

I am interested in getting a home equity loan to pay off old, high interest debt.

I am interested in getting a home equity loan to pay off old, high interest debt. My credit score is currently on the lower end of fair. Although I do not intend on selling my home anytime soon, what will happen to my home equity loan if I do? For example, if I get a HELOC for 10 years and I decide to sell my home in 3 years, will I be required to pay the balance in full at that time? Thanks.

Thank you for your HELOC question.

A quick answer to your question is: YES. If you get a HELOC (which is a home equity loan, and places a lien on your home) in order to sell your home and clear title for the buyer to get a clean title report you will certainly have to pay off the HELOC.

If you are consolidating credit card debt, it is important to be aware that shifting unsecured debt (credit cards are unsecured) to secured debt (your mortgage is secured by your home) can create a volatile situation, if there is ever a chance that you cannot afford the new mortgage payment you are now putting yourself at risk of foreclosure.

Consider the following factors when deciding between a refinance loan or a HELOC that you mention:

- The interest rates on home equity loans are usually higher than the interest rate when you refinance, but you'll generally pay substantial closing costs to refinance. Closing costs for home equity loans are usually insignificant.

- A home equity loan takes less time to disburse, you can be done within a week. A refinance can usually take a month or longer to get finalized.

- When refinancing, you'll probably pay back the loan in 15 or 30 years. Your monthly payments will be smaller, but you'll pay a lot more interest over time because your loan will last for a longer term.

- With a home equity loan, you have more flexibility and can take advantage of a shorter term to reduce the amount of interest you'll pay over the life of the loan.

In your case, if the consolidation is indeed for credit cards, then I would check with multiple lenders to see what is the lowest rate that you will get approved for and then go in for a shorter term home equity loan. But, if you are able to find a refinance deal with minimal closing costs and a substantially lower interest rate, then it would make sense to opt for a cash out refinance. Either way, makes it easy for you to compare quotes from different lenders. Just fill in your information at

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