Home Equity Borrowing Still a Pretty Good Deal


Not long ago, homes worked like giant credit cards. Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) helped borrowers cash in on the equity in the homes. Dan Wolfrum of Peoria, Ariz., bought his home at a foreclosure auction in 1991 for $51,000. At the time, the four-bedroom, two bath house on a peaceful cul-de-sac in the Phoenix area seemed like a no-brainer. As the value of his home skyrocketed in the decade that followed, Wolfrum observed