Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
Use a HELOC to consolidate debt, improve your home or make a large purchase.
Choosing a HELOC from Aspire
Home equity lines of credit (HELOC) allow you to borrow money using the equity or value of your home as collateral. HELOCs may be a better alternative than a credit card ,or personal loan as rates tend to be lower (as the loan is tied to your home), and interest paid may be tax deductible.
Uses of a HELOC
- Home improvement projects
- Debt consolidation (including higher interest rate credit cards)
- Tuition or other ongoing expenses over time
- Home repairs, such as windows, new roof, energy efficient projects
How HELOCs Work
- Open-end loans: HELOCs are open ended meaning you borrow as you go – instead of borrowing a set amount of funds all at once, you withdraw and repay as needed.
- Draw period: HELOC’s have a draw period – usually several years; you can withdraw funds during this time, and only pay interest on the loan. For example, Asprie has a 10 year draw period meaning you can withdraw funds from the loan for 10 years. If you were approved for a $50,000 HELOC, you could withdraw (and pay back) from that $50,000 amount at any time during that 10 years.
- Repay period: At the end of the loan, HELOC’s go into a repay period – usually several years; you no longer withdraw on the loan and now repay what’s owed. Let’s say you borrowed $32,000 of your $50,000 HELOC and already repaid $5,000. You now spend the remaining “repay” period repaying the remaining $27,000 in monthly installments. Aspire’s repay period is 5 years.
If you’re ready to start your application for a HELOC, get started with our online application today.
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