Home Equity Loans | International Franchise Association

Home Equity Loans


Although becoming less common, some entrepreneurs still rely on their biggest asset for cash – the equity in their homes – to finance a franchise or business purchase. 

How it works: Relatively easy to obtain, assuming you have the required equity in your house, as well as good credit and income for repayment. There are 2 types of home equity loans: a standard home equity loan which is just like a regular mortgage in that you borrow a single lump sum and repay at a fixed monthly rate; and a home equity line of credit (HELOC) where you have access to borrow smaller funds—when needed— up to a predetermined fixed amount. The best option for business owners depends on the type of business or franchise you choose.


  • Easier process and lower interest rates than other non-secured options
  • Amount of collateral required is substantially less than other types of loans
  • Interest is most likely tax deductible


  • If you don’t have equity in your home, this option is not available to you
  • Risky, especially if there is another housing market collapse
  • Your home is at risk if you fail to make payments (and your business, too)
  • There are typically closing costs and fees which can vary greatly by lender
  • HELOCs can have variable interest rates (based on the prime rate) that can make your monthly expense unpredictable

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