How Low Can We Go?
- Competitive variable interest rates = Prime Rate.‡
- Our Home Equity Gold line gives you the option to pay Interest Only for the first 10 years!
- Lines-of-Credit are available up to $250,000.
- Lines are available up to 90% CLTV.+
- Interest may be tax deductible!^
- Home Equity Gold line is subject to a minimum rate of 5.50%.
Home Equity Lending provides a convenient source of funds for members who have a need for often significant levels of financing. A Home Equity Line is a Line-of-Credit secured by the equity in your home. At FedChoice, our Home Equity Lines have a ten (10) year draw period and then a fifteen (15) year re-payment period. What this means is that you can borrow on and pay down your line as often as you would like during the first 10 years. At the end of the 10 years, you can’t borrow anymore but you have 15 years to pay off the balance.
At FedChoice we have several Home Equity products, one of which is our “Interest Only” Home Equity Gold product. When you consider a Home Equity Line, we want you to be able to make an informed decision. Take a few minutes to learn about our Home Equity Gold product.
During the first 10 years, when you can draw on your line-of-credit, your monthly payments will be “interest only.” What this means is that we will calculate the finance charge on the amount you used, and your required payment will only cover that finance charge (and any other late fees, etc., that might apply). Your required payment will not include a portion that pays down your principal. Interest only payments will normally give you a lower monthly payment and can provide you with more financial flexibility. That can be a real advantage to you! Of course, you always have the option to pay more than the required amount, and that portion will reduce your principal and help reduce your interest next month!
Like most Home Equity Lines, the interest rate on our Home Equity Gold is based on what is called an “index.” In our case, we use The Wall Street Journal Prime Rate as the index. Our Gold product changes on the first of each month based on what the WSJ Prime was 14 calendar days prior to the first of the month. Our Home Equity Gold floats with Prime, which means the interest rate will be the same as Prime Rate. If Prime Rate increases, your monthly interest payment will rise. On the other hand, as the Prime Rate decreases, your monthly interest payment will decrease!
After the 10 year draw period, you can no longer borrow on the line and it’s time to repay the balance on your line-of-credit. We give you up to 15 years to do that! We take your line balance at the end of the draw period and we calculate a monthly payment by multiplying it by 1.25%. That will be your monthly payment until the line is paid off. What you must remember is that your monthly payment will normally increase significantly during the repayment period. At FedChoice, we care about our members and don’t want to see them stretched beyond their means. One way we try to prevent that is when we originally approved your loan, we evaluated your ability to repay the full amount of the line at a payment that is 1.25% of the full balance.
Our Home Equity Gold is not for everyone, but as long as you understand the product structure and features, it may offer a great solution for your financial needs. If you have other questions about this product, we encourage you to contact us. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions!
* Rate for the Gold Home Equity Line-of-Credit is based on The Wall Street Journal Prime. Rate adjusted monthly. The Classic Home Equity Line-of-Credit is based on The Wall Street Journal Prime minus 0.50%. Rate adjusted monthly. Other conditions may apply.
‡ Variable rate is based on The Wall Street Journal Prime. Rate adjusted monthly.
† The Smart Choice Home Equity Loan and the HELOC must be secured by the owner-occupied primary residence and is available in DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA and VA. Homeowner’s insurance is required. All loans are subject to credit approval.
^ Consult with your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of interest and charges. The interest on the portion of the loan that is greater than the fair market value of the dwelling is not tax deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Other conditions apply.
+ CLTV = Combined Loan to Value.