Is a Second Mortgage or a HELOC Right for You?

second mortgagesWhen you’re refinancing your home you’re going to have many things to choose from; for most a second mortgage is the right answer. Here we’re going to go over everything you need to know about a second mortgage, how they’re beneficial and if they’re right for you. Before you make any choice about refinancing your home, talk to one of our talented Toronto mortgage brokers and see what we can do for you. Let’s get started!

What is a HELOC?

A HELOC is a home equity line of credit. Unlike a normal mortgage, this is a revolving line of credit; revolving means you can pay it back, borrow it back, etc. etc. over and over again, just like a credit card. These are great for some situations and disastrous for others. If you’re retired or retiring for example, you can take the equity out of your home and put it towards your daily expenses. One of our Toronto mortgage brokers will be able to help you find a low interest and fair home equity loan for this purpose. You want to be careful about taking money out of a HELOC account on a day to day business, as this can backfire on you rather quickly.

What is a Second Mortgage?

A second mortgage is a bit like a HELOC loan; instead of borrowing the money and paying it back again, you’re going to be able to borrow it one time and then repay it that one time. This is a great option if you’re looking for a large lump sum so you can pay off debts or purchase big ticket items. If you’re going to need a more steady income stream, you may want to think of a HELOC loan instead. Second mortgages are the de facto choice for most people who need a loan against their house. In both cases you’re going to need equity to borrow money.

What is Equity?

Equity is what you actually own in your home. It’s a good bargaining chip for when you need to borrow against your home. You’ll need to figure out your equity before you try and apply for a mortgage. Take the appraised value of your home and subtract any mortgages or debts that you have against the property. If you owe any taxes you should subtract this too, so you can get a realistic view of what’s going on. Now you know how much equity you actually have in your house.

Choosing between a second mortgage and a HELOC can be hard, but you’re going to need to make the right choice. Let one of our Toronto mortgage brokers help you make the right decision for your finances. Without competition, banks have zero incentive to make sure that they’re giving you the right deal. So make sure you’re getting the deal that’s right for you.

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