Risking Homes to Pay Off Credit Cards
The fear of overwhelming credit card debt is driving many Americans to hand their equity back to mortgage lenders in the form of "cash-out" refinances. Rather than generating cash to invest in the family's future or cover short term emergencies, cash-out refinances frequently serve as equity-draining transactions that only repay ("consolidate") short-term debts, such as credit card balances. Worse, the benefits of refinancing are often temporary, as homeowners build up additional new credit card debt and start the refinance process again.
Published: November 28, 2005