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Are Home Equity Loans Still Tax Deductible?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has reduced a number of tax breaks for homeowners, which may have you wondering about its impact on home equity loans. While all home equity loans were previously tax deductible before the new tax law, it will now depend on what exactly the loan is being used for. Here’s a simple breakdown of what the tax reform means for your home renovations.

How Appraisals Work for Renovation Loans

When buying a new home, your mortgage lender will order an appraisal to evaluate what the home is worth today. When you’re applying for a renovation loan like RenoFi’s renovation home equity loan to finance a home renovation project, the lender will want an estimate based on the future value of the home. But how does an appraiser determine the value of something that doesn’t exist yet? Here’s how “As Completed” Appraisals work.

Top 3 Things We Learned from Homeowners at the Home Show

RenoFi went to the Philly Home Show in January with the goal of educating homeowners on financing their renovations, but you all actually taught us a lot too! Check out the top 3 things we learned from homeowners at the Home Show. Sharing renovation financing tips A Lot of People Actually Do Plan Ahead! We were certainly impressed by how many homeowners were already planning for renovations in 2020 and beyond.

How Do Home Appraisals Really Work?

Ever have a home appraisal come back and show a very different value than you expected? When you decide to buy a new home, sell your current home, or refinance your mortgage, an appraisal is a key part of the transaction. But with 20% of home closings delayed due to appraisal issues (and maybe yours was one of them?), you may be skeptical about how the appraisal process really works.

Applying for a Renovation Home Equity Loan - A Checklist

Realizing that it’s possible to turn your current home into a home you love is a great feeling. Discovering the smartest way to do it is even better. Once you know how to qualify for a renovation home equity loan, it’s time to gather everything you need to apply. Utilize our helpful checklist with all items you need to apply for a renovation home equity loan and get ready to make that dream home of yours a reality.

How to Qualify for a Renovation Home Equity Loan

Did you recently discover that a renovation home equity loan is the best way to fund your renovations? That’s great! That brand new kitchen you’ve been dreaming of is a lot closer than you think. You’ll also be happy to hear that the process of obtaining one is nearly identical to applying for a typical home equity loan; meaning you’ll enjoy the benefits without any extra hurdles to get there.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use a Construction Loan for Your Renovation

If you’re reading this article, then someone told you the best way to finance your home renovation is with a construction loan. Well, to put it bluntly, you’ve been given bad advice! We get it; you need a lot of money to turn all your home improvement dreams into a reality, and construction loans are attractive because they enable you to borrow based on what your home will be worth after the renovation.

Ranking Renovation Loans from Best to Worst

In our previous post, we explained that renovation home equity loans are special because they are based on what the future value of your home will be AFTER the renovation. This key factor dramatically increases how much homeowners can borrow for their renovation. But there is more than one type of renovation loan out there - in fact there are actually 5 different primary options. At RenoFi, the first thing we help homeowners with is understanding which type is best for you.

How do construction loans work?

This post gets into the nitty-gritty details of how construction loans work, from preparing your loan application all the way through project completion. We will cover 4 steps: Qualifying for a Construction Loan Preparing to apply Draw Schedule & Approvals Converting to a permanent mortgage Step 1: Qualifying for a Construction Loan We’ll review qualification in two parts: The Basics & Loan-To-Value. The Basics RESIDENCE TYPE: Construction Loans are for owners who are planning on living in the home (either primary residences or vacation homes).

What is a renovation home equity loan?

Renovation home equity loans are the smartest ways for homeowners to finance their entire renovation projects. Yet most homeowners are completely unaware these exist & how they work. But don’t worry, by the time you are done reading this post, you’ll be in the know. What makes a renovation home equity loan so awesome you ask? There are two primary benefits: Unlike traditional home equity loans, renovation home equity loans are based on what the value of your home will be AFTER the renovation.

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