What is a home equity line of credit?

A home equity line of credit is a form of revolving credit in which your home serves as collateral. Because your home is likely your largest asset, you should consider a home equity line of credit for the purchase of major items such as education, home improvements, or medical bills and not for day-to-day expenses.

With a home equity line, you will be approved for a specific amount of credit — your credit limit — meaning the maximum amount you can borrow at any one time. Since you can get approved for an amount of credit now and not access the funds until you need them, a home equity line of credit is a good choice if you simply want the ability to access cash as you need it.

With our home equity line, you’ll have the ability to access funds, up to the amount of your credit limit, by simply writing a check. A small supply of checks will be sent to you after closing. The monthly payment for a home equity loan is typically based on your daily balance and the daily interest rate.

If you are thinking about a home equity line of credit, you also might want to consider a more traditional second mortgage loan. This type of loan provides you with a fixed amount of money repayable over a fixed period. Usually, the payment schedule calls for equal payments that will pay off the entire loan within that time. You might consider a traditional second mortgage loan instead of a home equity line if, for example, you need a set amount for a specific purpose, such as an addition to your home.