Lower the Rate – Deduct the Interest – 4/9/2017

Credit card debt in America is back to levels prior to the recession. The average credit card APR is just under 16% according to CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Report.

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Homeowners have an advantage over renters when it comes to getting their arms around debt issues.

Basic money management suggests that higher rate debt be replaced with lower rate debt. Credit cards, personal cars, boats, motor vehicles and other personal property, typically have interest rates higher than that of real estate loans.

Borrowing against a person’s home usually provides the lowest rate of financing. Refinancing a home mortgage to take cash out to retire personal debt is one option. Another would be to secure a home equity or HELOC, home equity line of credit.

An alternative advantage of borrowing against one’s home is that the interest may be tax deductible unlike the interest on most personal debt. Qualified mortgage interest includes acquisition debt which can only be used to buy, build or improve a principal residence and up to $100,000 of home equity debt which can be used for any purpose.

Managing money is a critical life skill that people need to master. While the goal may be to become debt-free, paying the least amount of interest possible can be a good first step. Owning a home provides an asset that allows for options not available to tenants. Seek professional advice to determine your best course of action.

**A big note of caution here, I’ve seen people with the best of intentions try to accomplish this, only to then charge those cards back up again, leaving them with both a second mortgage and in addition, new credit card debt. I highly discourage this practice, having seen this before when the market changes and jobs become at risk – the noose of debt can strangle you! So please be wise! 🙂

Much success, Gary

About Gary Thompson ... "Your Utah Realtor!"

Growing up in Utah was all I ever knew, that is until I got to live in many great places, like Nottingham England; New York City; Maui, Hawaii; Denver, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico! And when it came time to finally settle down, I chose Utah again! What a great place to experience the outdoors, be involved in the community and raise a family. I have gotten to know the best neighborhoods, things to do and places to see - all while working on my craft as a professional Realtor® - so if you are looking for a great place and a great experience, I love to put my skills to work for you! Thanks for keeping me in mind! - I'll work hard to be your Utah Realtor!

Posted on April 13, 2017, in Investing in Real Estate, local updates, Real Estate. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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