A home equity loan and a cash-out refinance are two ways to access the value that has accumulated in your home. If you already have a mortgage, a home equity loan will be a second payment to make.
Cash-out refi. A cash-out refi is a refinance of any of your existing mortgage loans. It essentially allows you to obtain a new loan to pay off the current one and also take out equity (the difference between how much your property is worth and how much you owe on the mortgage) in the form of a one-time lump sum cash payment.
Every year, millions of homeowners choose to refinance. Two of the most popular options for obtaining a more desirable interest rate and payment terms are cash-out refinances and home equity loans. Both offer borrowers a lump-sum payout, but each has different terms, fees, and interest rates. As you weigh your options, keep your financial situation in mind to determine which, if either, option.
Cash Out Refinance. Just as a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit allows a borrower to turn their home equity into cash, so too does a cash out refinance. But the loan mechanism is substantially different. A cash out refinance is a brand-new loan. It replaces your existing mortgage.