A Home Equity Line of Credit is a type of loan that allows homeowners to borrow against the equity they have built in their property. Equity is the difference between the home’s current market value and the outstanding mortgage balance. HELOCs are typically offered by banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions and are often regarded as a “second mortgage.”
When deciding whether to buy a home with cash or to obtain a low-interest-rate mortgage, there are several factors to consider. A cash offer can be very competitive in a real estate market, as it can give the buyer a significant advantage over buyers who need to obtain financing through a mortgage.
Last week’s economic reporting included readings on home prices, sales of new homes, and pending home sales. Monthly and year-over-year readings for inflation were published along with weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims.
Last week’s economic reporting included readings on inflation, retail sales, and the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Fed Chair Jerome Powell held his scheduled post-meeting press conference and weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.