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A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is one of the most common ways to borrow money against the value of your home. Similar to a credit card, you can use your HELOC to buy things that you need now, and repay it with interest at a later time. Obtaining a HELOC requires (among other factors) that you have reasonable equity in your home.
As your home’s value rises, it can be tempting to tap into the equity you’ve built as a source of cash. In 2018, more than 44 million U.S. homeowners had access to the highest amount of home equity in history — around $6 trillion.
For many people, one of the benefits of homeownership is having the opportunity to use their home equity to access needed cash. While there are many options to get that money into the piggy bank, an attractive option for many is a cash-out refinance.