When Not to Draw on Your Home Equity Line of Credit
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When Not to Draw on Your Home Equity Line of Credit

For many years, we have written about appropriate and inappropriate reasons to have a home equity line of credit.   In particular, home equity lines of credit can be used to consolidate more expensive debt (credit card, education loans, etc.) and can be used by consumers to even out irregular cash flow.   We’ve even cited cases where the affluent can use home equity lines to their advantage.

Drawing on your home equity line jeopardizes your home if you cannot service the loan and repay the principal.   Therefore it is not without risk.

From the news this week, we have an example of a case where one really shouldn’t be drawing on their home equity line.   To be clear, nobody should be drawing on their home equity line in order to pay hush money to an adult film actress just before a Presidential Election to enable the Russians to complete their goal of electing a pawn as the U.S. President.   Michael Cohen has set a precedent that we do not recommend you follow.

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to financial literacy and bank transparency. Since co-founding this website in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.
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  • Ingaz

    July 25, 2018

    Is it necessary to put YOUR OPINION OF POLITICAL ISSUES in the conversation about banking? What's wrong with you, people? Don't you see how DISGUSTING you look and sound? Millions of hard-working Americans held a different view and they (me including) AREN'T INTERESTED IN YOUR BS! How shameful and sickening.

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