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Home Equity Line of Credit vs. Home Equity

InTouch Home Equity Loan and Home Equity Line of Credit Comparison

In the table below, is a comparison between ITCU’s home equity loan and HELOC that can help you to make your decision. Be sure to check out our current Home Equity Loan rates and HELOC rates.

FeatureHome Equity LoanHome Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
Funds DistributionFunds disbursed in one lump sumAvailable funds can be used as needed, but must advance a minimum of $100 ($4,000 in Texas) at a time.
Access to the fundsDeposited in your CU account or by check to the member.In person, by phone or in writing, Online Banking and MoneyLine.
Borrowing LimitsThis loan, plus any other outstanding, liens may not exceed 90% (80% in Texas) of the home’s fair market value.This line of credit, plus any other outstanding liens, may not exceed 90% (80% in Texas) of the home’s fair market value
Monthly PaymentMonthly fixed payment amounts.Monthly variable payment amounts – depends on balance advanced and changes in the APR.
Interest RatesFixed Rate.Variable rate (Index plus margin = APR) adjustable during its term on the 1st day of each calendar quarter.
Interest ChargesInterest accrues on the outstanding loan amount from the day of closing.Interest is charged only on the outstanding balance and accrues from the date of advance.
Tax-deductible interestInterest may be tax deductible. Consult a tax advisor.Interest may be tax-deductible. Consult a tax advisor.
Terms5, 10 or 15 year terms with a fixed payment amount.5 year draw period requiring payment of interest only each month and repayment periods of 5, 10 or 15 years.

Which is the Best Option?

The decision on choosing a line (HELOC) or lump sum (HEL) loan ultimately comes down to your unique situation. In the case of HELOCs, the credit line is quite useful for projects that are potentially variable in their pace, cost, and likelihood of completion. Home improvements are a consistent winner for HELOCs, since they can accommodate  contractors’ fluctuating schedules, and changeable materials costs.

If your project or expense has a fixed cost, however, and the schedule is firmly set, then the HEL might be the better route to go. You will have the money disbursed at once and can pay for your expenses on your schedule.

Whether you choose the home equity loan or the home equity line of credit, your credit union has both the financial instruments and the expertise to guide you through the process. Be sure to discuss your project, timeline, and payment plans with your credit union loan expert, as their experience can help you to recognize the possibilities for choosing how to use your home equity best.

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