Should I pay off HELOC (home equity line of credit) first?


You could pay off HELOC (home equity line of credit) even early in the draw period. Although during the draw period only interest is required to pay, paying towards the principal is usually possible and recommended. Some people use a HELOC as an emergency fund, but they also stick to another emergency fund, as well.

If you have other debts, as you probably do, you will need a tax advisor to calculate which debt is better to pay off, since your income and your spouse's income will influence the level of tax deductibility. Paying off your HELOC first almost only makes sense if you have government backed debt as student loans.

The income of your spouse is also considered towards tax deductibility, and you should really try talking to a tax advisor when deciding whether to pay off heloc (home equity line of credit) first.

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