Home Equity Lines of Credit and Loans
The funds you need for your next big project could be hiding in plain sight.
A home equity line of credit or HELOC offers you a revolving credit line secured by the equity you’ve already built in your home. A HELOC works like a credit card, allowing you to access the funds you need, whenever you need them. You can use your money to help pay down high-interest debt, finance your child’s education, or fund home improvement projects that the whole family can enjoy.
With Fidelity’s LifeDesign Banking approach, we offer the clarity and confidence you need to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.
Take advantage of our lowest introductory HELOC rates right now!
6-month introductory rate
variable rate thereafter
Fill out an application online.
The application can be completed from a computer or mobile device.
Provide any supporting documentation.
We may need you to provide materials such as W-2s, home appraisals, current mortgage statements, employment history verification, and/or a recent pay stub.
Sign your closing paperwork.
If you’re approved for a HELOC, you’ll need to review and sign your closing paperwork. After this, your funds will be available within a few business days.
FAQs about Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs)
How does a HELOC work?
A HELOC works similar to a credit card, offering you a line of credit when you need it. The difference is, a home equity line of credit allows you to borrow against your home’s value. The interest rate you receive on your HELOC will vary depending on your lender and credit report.
How much can I borrow with a HELOC?
The amount you can borrow with a home equity line of credit depends on the value of your home, how much you owe on your mortgage, and your lender’s HELOC requirements. Most lenders allow you to borrow up to 85% of your home equity with a HELOC.
For example, let’s say you have a home valued at $450,000 and currently owe $250,000 on your mortgage. First, we’ll calculate 85% of your home’s value (0.85 x 450,000), which means the maximum amount you could borrow against your home would be $382,500. However, since you haven’t paid off your home in full, you’ll then need to subtract the amount owed ($250,000) from this amount and $132,500 is the total amount you can potentially borrow.
How do I pay back a home equity line of credit?
There are two phases to repaying HELOCS: a draw period and repayment period.
During your draw period, you can access your funds as often as you’d like. Minimum monthly payments are required for interest-only, but you can begin paying back the principal of the loan as soon as you’d like. The draw period for Fidelity Bank HELOCs is 10 years.
During the repayment period, you’ll no longer be able to access your funds and you’ll be required to start making monthly payments on the principal and interest. The length of a HELOC repayment period can vary, but it’s typically 20 years.
How is a home equity line of credit different from a home equity loan?
A home equity line of credit will approve you for a certain amount and allow you to withdraw those funds as needed. You’ll only be required to pay back the funds you withdrew (plus interest). You also won’t be required to begin repaying a HELOC until your draw period ends.
A home equity loan approves you for a certain amount and distributes your funds in one lump sum. You’ll be required to pay the entire amount back and repayment typically begins 30 days after your loan is distributed.
Should I apply for a personal loan or a HELOC?
Since a HELOC uses your home as collateral, you can often secure a lower interest rate than you can with a personal loan. However, there are other factors worth considering before applying for a HELOC.
The good news is Fidelity Bank’s LifeDesign approach is designed to provide you with the clarity and confidence to find the right solution for you and your family. If you’re not sure which loan option is right for you, reach out to Fidelity Bank’s Client Care Center online at https://www.fidelitybankonline.com/connect-with-us/ or by phone at 800-581-5363.
What if I don’t end up using my HELOC funds?
If you don’t end up withdrawing your HELOC funds during the draw period or if you repay any funds removed (plus) interest, you won’t owe any money during the repayment period.