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Unformatted text preview: perty appraisal, which estimates the value of your home. An application fee, which may not be refundable if you are turned down for credit. Upfront charges, such as one or more points (one point equals one percent of the credit limit). Other closing costs, which include fees for attorneys, title search, mortgage preparation and filing, property and title insurance, as well as taxes. Certain fees during the plan. For example, some plans impose yearly membership or maintenance fees. You also may be charged a transaction fee every time you draw on the credit line. You could find yourself paying hundreds of dollars to establish the plan. If you were to draw only a small amount against your credit line, those charges and closing costs would substantially increase the cost for the funds borrowed. On the other hand, the lenders risk is lower than for other forms of credit because your home serves as collateral. Thus, annual percentage rates for home equity lines are generally lower than rates for other types of credit. The interest you save could offset the initial costs of obtaining the line. In addition, some lenders may waive a portion or all of the closing costs. HOW WILL YOU REPAY YOUR HOME EQUITY PLAN?
Before entering into a plan, consider how you will pay back any money you might borrow. Some plans set minimum payments that cover a portion of the principal (the amount you borrow) plus accrued interest. But, unlike the typical installment ban, the portion that goes toward principal may not be enough to repay the debt by the end of the term. Other plans may allow payments of interest alone during the life of the plan, which means that you pay nothing toward the principal. If you borrow $10,000, you will owe that entire sum when the plan ends. Regardless of the minimum payment required, you can pay more than the minimum and many lenders may give you a choice of payment options. Consumers often will choose to pay down the principal regularly as they do with other loans. For example, if you use y...
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