Home Equity Loan Costs and Fees

Lenders have different structure of equity loan costs and fees. In addition to interest charges you will also need to pay appraisal and closing fees. These fees include attorney fees, title search, document preparation, insurance, application, points and account maintenance.

To find a better deal understand the cost and fee components of home equity loans first. This way can help you make an apple to apple comparison among different quotations before you choose the best lender.

Home Equity Loan Costs

Interest charge is the most significant home equity loan cost. But you cannot compare the annual percentage rate (APR) of different types of equity loans.

While a home equity loan has a fixed interest rate, a home equity line of credit has a variable interest rate. In addition to that, the APR of a home equity loan has included all the costs of establishing the loan, where the APR for home equity line of credit (HELOC) is calculated on the interest rate only.

If you calculate the interest expense of any equity loan during the life of the loan and then compare it with the principal you may want to repay the loan sooner than the agreed date. However, your “good intention” may result in a fee charged by equity lenders.

Home Equity Loan Fees

The fees for taking out an equity loan are the same as the fees for taking out a mortgage loan. Lenders will factor in various fees, including stamp duty charges. Depends on the price of the home purchased, but for the most part you will pay a percentage of the entire balance of the property worth.

The lender will also factor in arrangement fees, legal charges, title search, and insurance when considering a loan. You will also be expected to pay an application fee and appraisal fees upfront if you are giving the loan.

There are ways to avoid some of these expenses. Some lenders may waive certain fees and charges. So, make sure that you have compared and negotiated a significant amount of equity loan costs and fees before you actually accept an offer from your lender.

Home Equity Loan Costs and Fees was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by Paul Sarwana
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