HELOCs offer low initial rates and financial flexibility, but are more unpredictable than a standard home equity loan. So are they the right choice for you?
Interest rates, like summer temperatures, have been rising. Many expect them to continue to do so, after a long run of historically low rates. As a result, many borrowers are looking to convert their HELOCs to a traditional mortgage or other type of fixed-rate loan.
Did you take out a home equity line of credit 10 years ago? If so, you're not alone. These loan products, better known as HELOCs, were popular in 2006 and 2007 as home values soared and homeowners looked to tap into their growing equity.