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A personal loan is a line of credit secured by your home that gives you a revolving credit line to use for large expenses or to consolidate higher-interest rate debt on other loans such as credit cards. The loan amount is paid over the life of the loan – which could be from 12 to 84 months.
To qualify for a personal loan, you need to check your credit score, search for ways to improve it, check for rates and look for a lender, among other requirements. You can check out our full guide on how to get a personal loan to get the full breakdown of the steps.
Loan Amount & Tenure
The amount of this unsecured personal loan can vary between $2,500 and $100,000. The term or length of the unsecured personal loan ranges from 24 months to 72 months
Fixed Interest Rate
A personal loan comes with fixed interest rates/ annual percentage rates, and fixed monthly installments with full principal & interest amount
Early Termination Fee
It might come with an early termination fee in the first 12 months and usually offers a limited repository of lenders
A home equity line of credit, also known as a HELOC, is a type of loan taken against the equity in your house. It’s similar to a credit card in that it lets you borrow money up to a specific limit and you can repay the funds over time. A HELOC usually has lower interests rates than other common types of loans. Plus, the interest is usually tax deductible.
To qualify for a HELOC, you need a low debt-to-income ratio, a credit score of 620 or more and good home value (at least 15% more than you owe). You can learn all about it in our full guide on how to get a HELOC loan
An FHA 203k renovation loan is a unique type of government-insured mortgage that can cover your home purchase as well as improvements to it. So you can finance the purchase price of your house and the cost of your home remodeling projects, including materials and labor, through one transaction.
One of the most important requirements for an FHA 203k loan is that your home improvements must be completed by a licensed contractor and approved by an FHA appraiser or a HUD consultant. You cannot do the work yourself as a DIY project. Check our full guide on how to get a FHA 203k renovation loan to be sure you have all the facts straight.
Fixed-rate mortgages have interest rates that are fixed, meaning they do not change over the life of the loan. And because the interest rate is fixed, the monthly principal and interest payment is the same each month and the loan is paid off in full by the end of the term. The most common loan terms (the length of the loan) are 15, 20 and 30 years.
A “conventional” fixed-rate mortgage refers to any commonly available fixed-rate mortgage that is not issued or guaranteed by the federal government.
This type of mortgage is one of the most common types of conventional loans. You need to make the same monthly principal and interest payments throughout the loan term. Take a look at our full guide on mortgage loan types to explore more about it.
Adjustable – will
Fixed–will not change
Payment changes when interest
rates changeMonthly interest-only
payments during draw
Fixed for life of loan Full
principal and interest
Available terms between 10
years and 30 years
Available terms between
2 years and 7 years
$5,000 to $500,000
$2,500 to $100,000
Requires good credit, good
income and low debt-to-income
credit,good income and
Lower cost and fees than
conventional and FHA
loans Depending on LTV, may only
require limited appraisal
May have balloon payments and
annual maintenance fees
No fees or very low fees
No appraisal needed May
have early termination
fee in first 12 months
Limited application 30 days or less
Available through most banks
and credit unions
Short online application
3–5 days Limited