A home equity line of credit or HELOC is defined as a loan where the lender agrees to lend up to a maximum amount (within a given term) and the collateral for the loan is the equity found in the borrower’s home. A HELOC operates as a line of credit, so you can pay it down at any time and you can borrow against it at any time.
The process to obtaining a HELOC begins by identifying the amount of equity you have in your home. Since, HELOCs normally allow you to access an amount of funds that can equal up to 80% of your home’s equity (minus the balance on your current mortgage) you are required to have at least 20% equity in your home.
It is possible to acquire a HELOC with another mortgage lender however, if you choose to do this then your first mortgage lender must approve the HELOC at the second place. If you choose to obtain a HELOC with your primary mortgage lender however, they can offer you what is called an All in One. An All in One allows people to have a fixed or variable mortgage portion and a HELOC at the same time. You increase your HELOC credit limit by making payments to pay down your mortgage balance; the more your mortgage gets paid off, the more HELOC funds become available to you.
It is important to be aware that HELOC interest rates fluctuate with the prime rate and that quoted rates will likely be stated as prime or prime plus a premium. However, since HELOC payments draw from your home equity, the minimum payments due are just the monthly interest rate expenses.
A home equity line of credit can be beneficial if:
If you are 55 or older, have more than 20% equity in your home and are looking for a way to finance a new opportunity then a home equity line of credit can prove to be incredibly useful. Do you think a HELOC might be right for you? Contact Us and we can discuss the options that are available to you.