Line of Credit vs Second Mortgage
A home equity line of credit actually works similarly to a credit card, the main difference is that your credit limit is much higher and your loan is secured. Your credit limit is based on a percentage amount of the value of your home. The maximum is usually something like 75%.
You can pay off a home equity loan any time you want, and you can withdraw from that loan at any time during the loan’s term. At the end of the term you will be required to pay back the entire balance.
The term of a home equity line of credit is usually something like 3, 5 or 10 years. This makes HELOCs ideal for short term investments or to tackle short term cash flow problems.
On the other hand, if you need a loan for a long term investment, then a second mortgage is more appropriate for your situation. If you want to make home improvements or additions to your home, a second mortgage is ideal. With a second mortgage you’ll get a lump sum of cash up front and you’ll get to use it any way you want.
What is a second mortgage? A second mortgage is a loan second in priority to your first mortgage loan. They tend to come with higher interest rates than first mortgages for this reason.
Don’t forget that you can also refinance your current mortgage for a better rate. If you’re well into your mortgage now, it’s likely that you can refinance it and negotiate a much better rate. This is a great way to get some extra cash and save money on your current mortgage loan.
All of these loans come with extra closing fees. You can read up on closing costs by clicking here.
So to summarize: our advice is that for short term investments, go for a HELOC. For long term investments, go for a second mortgage. Of course, depending on your situation, our advice might not be suited for you. It’s best that you speak with a loan specialist so that to help you determine what to do.