No matter how hard we work, and how much money we try to squirrel away for a rainy day, sooner or later we may end up facing a bad financial situation, often through no fault of our own. You could own your own home, and have a bright financial future, and then face losing it all thanks to divorce, illness, job loss, etc. When this happens, you have to act fast or risk losing the credit rating that you have worked so hard to build, and even your home.
For those of you who just purchased your first home, and are not familiar with home equity or home equity loans, we will try to help you learn the basics in this article. When someone refers to equity in your home, they are talking about how much your home has appreciated in value since the time of purchase, or how much more your home is actually worth when compared to your current mortgage balance. Most people who own their own homes consider them to be their pride and joy, and therefore, they spend a lot of money on updating and maintaining their homes.