How It Works - Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

How It Works - Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is a type of revolving credit that uses your home as collateral. HELOC’s can be a valuable tool in achieving your financial objectives. Click HERE to explore the benefits.

Here's how a HELOC generally works:

  • Collateral: Your home serves as collateral for the HELOC. This means that if you fail to repay the loan, the lender can take possession of your home through a process called foreclosure.
  • Credit Limit: When you are approved for a HELOC, you are given a credit limit, which is the maximum amount you can borrow. This limit is often based on the equity you have in your home. Equity is the difference between the appraised value of your home and the balance of any mortgages or other liens on the property.
  • Draw Period: The HELOC usually has two phases. The first phase is the draw period, during which you can access funds from the line of credit. This period typically lasts around 3 to 10 years. During this time, you can borrow and repay funds as needed, up to the credit limit.
  • Interest Rates: The interest rate on a HELOC is usually variable, meaning it can fluctuate with changes in the market interest rates. The rate is often based on a benchmark rate, such as the prime rate, plus a margin determined by the lender.
  • Repayment Period: After the draw period, the HELOC enters the repayment period, which is typically 10 to 20 years. During this period, you can no longer borrow from the line of credit, and you must start repaying the outstanding balance. The monthly payments during the repayment period include both principal and interest.
  • Payments: During the draw period, your monthly payments will usually only cover the interest on the amount you've borrowed. Once you enter the repayment period, you'll need to start repaying the principal as well, and your monthly payments will likely increase.
  • Flexibility: One of the advantages of a HELOC is its flexibility. You can borrow and repay as needed during the draw period, much like a credit card. This flexibility can be useful for financing home improvements, education expenses, or other major expenses.
  • Tax Deductibility: In some cases, the interest paid on a HELOC may be tax-deductible, but tax laws can change, and it's advisable to consult with a tax professional to understand the current regulations.

It's important to carefully consider the terms and conditions of a HELOC and understand the potential risks. If you're considering a HELOC and are ready to take the next step, our dedicated loan officers are here to guide you through the loan process. You can reach your Loan Officer by calling 248-273-1173.

Or to apply online, click on this APPLY button to fill out a user-friendly application that will guide you through the process step by step.

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