Can you use a home equity loan to pay off your existing mortgage?

Equity is the value of your home less the amount owed on the mortgage. A home equity loan is a loan secured by the equity in your home. Your lender will use an assessment to decide your home's value and the amount of equity available to abstract. If the available equity exceeds your mortgage balance, you can use an equity loan to pay off your mortgage. If your mortgage exceeds the available equity you cannot use the equity to pay off your existing mortgage.