What is an equity loan?

A EQUITY LOAN, OR A HELOC (HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT)IS LIKE A CREDIT CARD ATTACHED TO YOUR HOME. YOU ONLY PAY INTEREST ON THE MONEY YOU ACTUALLY USE. FOR INSTANCE IF YOUR LOAN IS FOR $50,000. AND YOU SPEND ONLY $10,000. OF THAT $50.k YOU ARE ONLY PAYING INTERST ON THE $10.k. YOU ARE USUALLY SENT AN ATM CARD OR CHECKS. THE LOAN IS TYPICALLY FOR 25 YEARS AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY HAVE AN OPEN LINE OF CREDIT AND NEVER TOUCH THE MONEY. IT CAN BE SITTING THERE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. YOU MUST HAVE EQUITY IN YOUR HOME TO DO THIS LOAN...HENCE THE NAME. THERE USUALLY IS NO PREPAYMENT PENALTY IF YOU PAY OFF THIS LOAN EARLY BUT THERE COULD BE A CANCELLATION FEE OF $250.00 OR SO. E