You’ve decided to take the plunge by undertaking a major home renovation project that you have been putting off. You don’t have your money in place just yet, but give it another six months — perhaps one year — and you should be able to tackle the project.
Home loans can come in variety of offerings including primary or first mortgages and so-called second mortgages such as home equity loans and home equity of lines of credit. The term “second mortgage” is not commonly used, but it does accurately describe how such loans are handled.
A home equity line of credit or HELOC is a popular borrowing option for homeowners, but is handled differently than a home equity loan or HEL. With a HEL, you receive your money up front.