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Lines of credit or traditional second mortgage loans?

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If you are thinking about a home equity line of credit, you might also want to consider a traditional second mortgage loan.

This type of loan provides you with a fixed amount of money, repayable over a fixed period.

In most cases, the payment schedule calls for equal payments that pay off the entire loan within the loan period.

You might consider a second mortgage instead of a home equity line if, for example, you need a set amount for a specific purpose, such as an addition to your home.

In deciding which type of loan best suits your needs, consider the costs under the two alternatives.

Look at both the APR and other charges. Do not, however, simply compare the APRs, because the APRs on the two types of loans are figured differently:
• The APR for a traditional second mortgage loan takes into account the interest rate charged plus points and other finance charges.
• The APR for a home equity line of credit is based on the periodic interest rate alone. It does not include points or other charges.

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