Dangers of downsizing

Is freeing up capital to pay off equity loan, child's debt worth the risk?

DEAR BENNY: I am 58 years old and married. My total household income is less than $50,000. I have no mortgage; however, I do have a line of credit with $130,000 owed.

I have a daughter who is a junior away at college. I want to help pay for student loans once she graduates. Do you think I should put my house up for sale and downsize to maybe a condo or townhouse? My home is probably worth about $250,000 in this market. I am worried that I will never be able to retire. What do you think? –Rod