What is the difference between a Home Equity Loan and a Home Equity Line of Credit?

With a home equity loan, you receive the money you are borrowing in a lump sum payment and you usually have a fixed interest rate. With a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you have the ability to borrow or draw money multiple times from an available maximum amount. Unlike a home equity loan, HELOCs usually have adjustable interest rates.

If you are having trouble paying your mortgage, before taking out a home equity loan or home equity line of credit, talk to a housing counselor to see if there may be other options that make better financial sense for you. Call the CFPB at 1-855-411-CFPB (2372) to be connected to a HUD-approved housing counselor today.

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