Could you use a little extra cash? In today’s tough economy, who couldn’t? This week on Money Wise, we’re exploring an increasingly popular method of borrowing – a home equity line of credit. The problem – many Canadians don’t know what they are, and with household debt levels at record highs, HELOCs can add even more fuel to the fire.
The concept behind a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is simple – leverage your home in return for a hefty line of credit to draw from. However, it’s the underlying challenges associated with HELOC variable interest rates that makes a HELOC a tool best reserved for the thrifty and financially astute.
What is a home equity line of credit and how can it work for your borrowing needs? HELOCs can be a convenient way to access extra cash, but be aware of the pros and cons before tapping into your home’s equity to avoid dangerous levels of debt.
The CMHC had added their predictions to the cooling housing market pile – and they’re fortunately less extreme than past calls of a 10 per cent drop. While they’re forecasting a slowdown in pricing, new construction and existing home sale figures, Canada’s housing market is still sitting pretty compared to the U.S., where 4 million homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages.