The difference between credit card debt and a mortgage can, financially speaking, mean thousands of dollars.
Mortgage interest is tax-deductible.
The interest you pay on a credit card is not tax-deductible and you pay a higher rate than you would on your mortgage. Because of this, credit card debt is often referred to as “bad debt” whereas your mortgage is considered “good debt.” Using your home equity to pay off your high-interest credit card debt can save you money in the long run. Using your home equity, rather than your credit cards, to finance expensive purchases can also be a smart move. Be sure to consult your tax advisor. Trust us on this. Don’t deduct and just cross your fingers for good luck. Know what you are doing before you mess with your taxes!
When to consolidate your debt.
Deciding on when to refinance your mortgage will depend on the circumstances of your situation: how long you’ll be in the home, what your financial goals are, whether interest rates are dropping, etc. It’s up to you to decide if it’s right for you. In conclusion, your credit scores will soar higher once your credit cards are paid off and you carry low balances.