How to Use Your Mortgage to Consolidate Your Debt

Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union > Blog > How to Use Your Mortgage to Consolidate Your Debt
consolidate debt with mortgage

Consolidating debt with a mortgage involves using the equity in your home to pay off high-interest debt such as credit cards or personal loans.

Here are the steps you can take to use your mortgage to consolidate your debt:

Assess your current debt: Start by making a list of all your debts, including the outstanding balances and interest rates. This will help you understand the total amount of debt you have and how much you will need to pay off.

Determine your home’s equity: Calculate your home’s equity by subtracting the outstanding mortgage balance from the home’s current market value. You can find your home’s current value through a real estate agent or by checking recent sales in your area.

Decide if debt consolidation is right for you: Consider the advantages and disadvantages of debt consolidation with a mortgage. While it can lower your interest rates and simplify your payments, it can also increase the overall cost of the debt if the repayment term is extended.

Apply for a mortgage: If you decide to proceed with debt consolidation, you can apply for a second mortgage or home equity loan. Be sure to compare rates and terms from different lenders to find the best option for your needs.

Use the funds to pay off your debt: Once you have secured the loan, use the funds to pay off your high-interest debt. Be sure to close those accounts to avoid racking up additional debt.

Repay the mortgage: Make regular payments on the new mortgage or home equity loan to pay off the debt. Keep in mind that you will be paying interest on the loan, so aim to pay off the debt as quickly as possible.

Using a mortgage to consolidate your debt can be an effective strategy to lower your interest rates and simplify your payments. However, it is important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks before proceeding, and to make sure you can afford the new payments. Talk to a professional at MMCCU if you’d like to learn more!

credit union membership

Leave a Reply