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If it were me, I would avoid adding credit card deb. Pay off the medical and educational debt (the latter can possibly be written off as a non-reimbursed employment expense), and then the HELOC. If you are concerned you might need $3500 for your father, I would set that aside as well in a money market savings account before paying down the HELOC.

You don't mention the rates for either the loan or the HELOC, but I would imagine that you are paying more in interest than you are earning on those mutual funds. And while all the high pressure commercials would have you believe otherwise, this is not your last chance to get a decent refinance rate. You get your debts down now and in a year, who knows what the mortgage market will look like. Focus on saving money and paying down the HELOC and keeping a low debt to credit ratio to improve your credit score.

Who notes you can use a site like (free and save and Clark Howard approved) to check your credit score and see what steps you can take to maximize your credit potential when you are ready to get that refi...
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