If the current value of your home is greater than your current mortgage balance, it means you have equity in your home.
You may be able to use this equity to refinance your current mortgage and receive cash at a low interest rate to pay off your credit card debt.
It’s possible to add the costs associated with getting a new mortgage into the total refinance amount to avoid paying anything out of pocket at closing.
However, refinancing to get cash out or consolidate your debt may result in a longer loan term or a higher rate, and that might mean paying more in interest overall in the long run.
The average credit card interest rate is around 15%.
By comparison, mortgage rates are currently in the 3–4% range.
"We were property-rich and income-poor," says Jo Ann.