Getting money out of the equity in your home is certainly one of the cheapest ways to get the money you need. No matter what the money is to be used for, the equity money on your home is probably the best way to pay for it. Here is how a cash out mortgage can help you to finance your projects - and do it cheaper than any other method.
In order to get a cash out mortgage, you will need to refinance your existing mortgage. The idea behind this, though, is to save money - not add to your existing debt. By waiting until you can get an interest rate that is lower than your current rate, by at least 1%, you will be able to save some money. But there is more - if you can shorten the length of your existing mortgage, by at least 5 years, you will be able to save a lot more money - possibly many tens of thousands of dollars.
Although it is possible with some lenders to refinance your mortgage for as much as 100%, or more, of the value of your home, this is not advised. To avoid having to pay Private Mortgage Insurance, you want to stay away from a mortgage that involves more than 80% of the loan to value of the home, and some lenders may only let you borrow 75% of it. This may cut down on the amount of equity you can obtain - but you still should be able to get a lot of it.
The amount of equity that you add to the total amount you owe to the lender, is the amount of equity available to you. This means you want to carefully select how much equity you will get, and it should be determined by how much you need for particular projects or bills. It is not a good idea to take out all you can. The lender may also limit the amount of equity you can obtain because they will decide how much debt, and the payments you can afford, which will be based on your credit report and current income.
A cash out mortgage is a great way to get access to your equity. However, you do need to remember that there are costs to getting a first mortgage - which involves a few thousand dollars. For this reason, you should not consider refinancing, unless you are planning on staying in that home for at least another 5 years. The added costs will take you at least 3 years just to get back your money and break even. Only after that period of time will you begin to enjoy the savings, and start seeing more equity being built up in your home.
After you get the equity out of your home, you do have the liberty of spending it the way you want. This means that you can use the money for a wide range of things including, vacations, debt consolidation, college education, getting another car, and more. Because of the low interest rate (lower than any with other form of borrowing), it gives you the best way to go as far as interest is concerned.
However, your greatest investment, though, will come from equity money that is to be put back into your home by remodeling, additions, or other improvements that you make to your home. Not only will this improve your level of living while you are in it, but it also could instantly raise the value of your home, too - giving your home even greater equity.