Access your financial potential: Explore homeequity lines of credit (HELOC)"

Get the funds you need for home improvements, debt consolidation, or any other major expense with a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Learn about the benefits and requirements of HELOCs and apply online for a hassle-free process

Home equity line of credit (HELOC)

A (HELOC) is a type of loan that allows you to borrow money against the equity you have in your home.  It's similar to a credit card in that you have a credit limit that you can draw from as needed.  The amount you can borrow is typically based on the amount of equity you have in your home, which is calculated by subtracting the amount you owe on your mortgage from the current value of your home.

HELOCs usually have a variable interest rate, meaning the rate can fluctuate over time based on market conditions.  You can use the money from a HELOC for a variety of purposes, such as home improvements, debt consolidation, or other expenses.  With a HELOC, you only pay interest on the amount you borrow, not the entire credit limit, which can make it a more affordable option.

HELOCs typically have a draw period, during which you can borrow money, followed by a repayment period, during which you must pay back what you borrowed, usually with interest.  During the draw period, you can make interest-only payments or pay down the principal balance, but you must make at least the minimum payment required by the lender.

HELOCs come with some risks, such as the possibility of your home's value decreasing, which can reduce the amount of equity you have available, or the possibility of interest rates increasing, which can increase your monthly payments.  It's important to carefully consider the terms and fees associated with a HELOC before deciding if it's the right option for your financial situation.

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) allows you to borrow against the equity you have in your home, similar to a credit card.

With a variable interest rate and a draw period, HELOCs offer flexibility and affordability for a variety of expenses, from home improvements to debt consolidation. However, it's important to weigh the risks, such as changes in home value or interest rates, before deciding if a HELOC is right for you.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Clear answers to common mortgage and homeownership questions in our concise FAQs

What is a HELOC?

A HELOC is a type of loan that allows homeowners to borrow money using the equity in their home as collateral. It's similar to a credit card in that the borrower has access to a certain amount of funds and can withdraw money as needed.

HELOCs work by giving homeowners access to a line of credit based on the equity in their home. Borrowers can withdraw funds as needed, up to a predetermined limit, and only pay interest on the amount borrowed. HELOCs have a draw period, typically 5-10 years, during which the borrower can withdraw funds and a repayment period, typically 10-20 years, during which the borrower pays back the borrowed funds plus interest.

Requirements for a HELOC vary depending on the lender, but generally, homeowners must have a good credit score, sufficient equity in their home, and a stable source of income to qualify. Lenders may also consider the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio and employment history.

The benefits of a HELOC include the ability to borrow money as needed, only paying interest on the amount borrowed, and potential tax deductions on the interest paid. Additionally, HELOCs typically have lower interest rates compared to credit cards or personal loans.

One risk associated with a HELOC is the potential for the borrower to overextend themselves and accumulate more debt than they can comfortably manage. Additionally, if the borrower is unable to make the monthly payments, they risk losing their home. Therefore, it’s important to consider the financial implications and make sure the borrower can comfortably manage the payments before taking out a HELOC.