A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is a type of revolving credit that allows homeowners to borrow against the equity in their homes. It’s similar to a credit card in that you are given a credit limit that you can draw from as needed, but it uses your home as collateral. Here’s an overview of HELOC, its features and considerations:

  • Eligibility: Available to homeowners who have equity in their home. 
  • Purpose: HELOCs can be used for large expenses such as home renovations, education, medical bills, or consolidating higher interest debt.
Key Features
  • Credit Limit: Based on the amount of equity in the home, credit history, and other financial factors.
  • Draw Period and Repayment Period: Most HELOCs have a draw period (commonly 10 years) during which the borrower can access the funds, followed by a repayment period (often 20 years) where new borrowing is halted and existing balances are repaid.
  • Interest Rates: Typically variable, tied to an index such as the prime rate, and may change over the life of the line of credit.
  • Access to Funds: Borrowers can access funds through checks, credit cards connected to the line of credit, or bank transfers.
Loan Repayment
  • Interest-Only Payments
  • Fully Amortizing Payments
  • Closing Costs
  • Annual Fees
Before deciding on a HELOC, it’s crucial to evaluate your financial situation and consider whether you have the means to make regular payments despite changes in interest rates and economic conditions. Consulting with a HUD Certified counselor can help determine if a HELOC is the right choice for your financial goals and needs.