Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC)
A home equity loan is a powerful tool for homeowners. It allows you to borrow money against the equity in your home which can be used for any project or purchase: repairs or upgrades, college tuition, or to pay off high-interest debt. Often, the interest rates on home equity loans are lower than credit cards, which makes it easier on your bottom line.
The amount of a home equity loan is based on how much equity – the difference between the value of the home and how much is owed on the mortgage(s) – the homeowner has, and current credit qualifications. The longer a mortgage is paid down and the more a home appreciates in value, the more equity is built which can equate to a larger loan amount.
ESFCU offers competitive, fixed-rate home equity loans as well as open-end, variable-rate lines of credit (HELOC**) that are available for use when you need it. In addition to low interest rates, the interest may be tax deductible.+ Consult your tax advisor for details.
When is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage a good option?
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) begin with a fixed interest rate and then adjust up or down after the initial term. ARMs are a good option for buyers who don’t plan to stay in their home for more than 5 years and want to keep their monthly payment low.
ARM products contain 2 numbers:
- The first refers to the number of years the interest will remain fixed.
- The second is the number of years between interest rate changes after the initial term expires.
- For example, a 5/5 ARM would have the same interest rate for the first 5 years, and then the rate would adjust every 5 years after that.