Home Equity Loan

A loan in real estate property that is used to secure or guarantee the amount borrowed. Sometimes referred to as a second mortgage or borrowing against your home. The loan allows you to tap into your home's built-up equity, which is the difference between the amount your home could be sold for, and any claims held against it. People often use a home equity loan for home improvements or to pay for a new car. A home equity loan is a good way to borrow money for two main reasons. First, the interest rate is usually one of the lowest loan rates a borrower can get. Also, the interest you pay on the loan is usually tax-deductible. But taking out a home equity loan also means the lender can take possession of the home if the loan isn't repaid. This is why some people decide to not borrow against their home, and may decide to take out a personal loan. But for many borrowers, a home equity loan can be the best loan option. Your best loan option is the loan that best meets your needs.



A lien or claim against real property given by the buyer to the lender as security for money borrowed. Under government-insured or loan-guarantee provisions, the payments may include escrow amounts covering taxes, hazard insurance, water charges, and special assessments. Mortgages generally run from 10 to 30 years, during which the loan is to be paid off.


Mortgage (Open-End)

A mortgage with a provision that permits borrowing additional money in the future without refinancing the loan or paying additional financing charges. Open-end provisions often limit such borrowing to no more than would raise the balance to the original loan figure.



The process of the same mortgagor paying off one loan with the proceeds from another loan.