A Home Equity Line of Credit* is a line of credit secured by the equity you have in your home. Once the line of credit is established, you can borrow as much as you need within the limit at any time during the term.* It’s a great option to have available for ongoing or unexpected expenses, and applying is easy.
A Home Equity Line Of Credit*, or HELOC, is not just for remodeling your home. It is a line of credit based on the equity in your home that can be used for any purpose. If you don’t already have one, here are 5 compelling reasons why you should consider a HELOC:
1. Financial Security, Prepare for the Unimaginable
Without a HELOC in place, the only way to access the equity in your home might be to sell it. This can take time you might not have. If you have a HELOC in place before a life altering event takes place, you can access the equity in your home when you need it most.
2. Prepare for the Unexpected
New air conditioner, new roof, or major damage to your home or vehicle that’s not covered by insurance. Maybe you fail to plan for some upcoming expenses like tuition or taxes. With a HELOC in place, you are prepared to pay these expenses anytime, without the need to search for funding at the last minute.
3. Tax Advantages
In some cases, there are tax advantages associated with a home equity line of credit. Imagine paying for updates to your home and being able to deduct the interest as you do on a home loan. Deductibility limits may apply, so you should consult your tax professional to see what specific tax advantages apply to your situation.
Interest rates on HELOCs are slightly higher than a first mortgage but much lower than on credit cards and other types of consumer loans. Consolidating high interest debt is one of the most popular uses for a HELOC.
If you have a project that is going to take six months to complete, you’re likely to need only 25% to 35% of the total loan amount upfront. The rest will be paid in stages as the project progresses. If you choose a signature loan, second mortgage, or cash out refinance, you begin paying interest on the entire amount borrowed immediately. With a HELOC, you only pay interest on the money you are using. Your interest savings can be significant. You can also benefit from a HELOC when the exact cost of a project is unknown in advance.
An applicant can apply online, by phone or in a La Cap branch
The member must reside in the property. It can be Single Family, 1-4 detached Single Family residence, Attached Single Family, Condo, Townhouse, or Co-Op.
We only do HELOC’s in Louisiana.
The minimum loan amount on the HELOC is $10,000 AND maximum loan amount on the HELOC is $250,000
An appraisal will be required if no AVM (Automated Valuation Model) is available or there are extenuating circumstances related to the property (i.e. necessary repairs, etc.). If an appraisal is needed, you will have to pay a $595 appraisal fee up front. Outside appraisals are not accepted.
The HELOC can be protected in case of a medical emergency. Debt protection is available for this product and there are several different options to choose from.
The HELOC has a 5 year draw period with an up to 10 year repayment term
Advances are limited to 6 draws per quarter year and are required to be a minimum of $1,000 per draw
The HELOC payment is due on the last day of each month
The payments can be made by mail, in person, by automatic transfer, by payroll deduction, via online banking or via Tel-A-Cap
Only one HELOC is available per member/community.
1.50% of the outstanding balance (minimum $50.00).
Ex: Current prime is 3.50% + Margin of 2.00%= 5.50% interest rate. If the Prime goes up or down, they will always be 2.00% higher than that amount.
Proof of homeowners insurance is required. Proof of flood insurance is required, if applicable. No escrow will be required.
Your home will be used as collateral to secure the Home Equity Line of Credit. (Make sure member understands.)