The 4 W's of a Home Equity Line of Credit

Published May 13, 2024

For homeowners, a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) can be a perfect solution for having convenient access to extra funds without the hassle or financial strain of typical credit options. If you are wondering if a HELOC is the right option for you, consider the 4 Ws: who, what, where, and why.

What can a Home Equity Line of Credit be used for?

A HELOC offers a flexible revolving credit line, giving you the freedom to access funds as needed. Much like a credit card, you can borrow up to your designated limit and repay the balance over time. The versatility of a HELOC allows you to address various financial needs, whether it’s a dream holiday or unexpected medical costs.

Why should I consider a Home Equity Line of Credit?

The primary benefit of a HELOC is peace of mind. When faced with large financial decisions, a HELOC provides immediate access to the cash you need. If you need to pay for college tuition, renovate your home, or consolidate debt, a HELOC is a reliable resource. It also offers the advantage of lower interest rates than credit cards and the ongoing option to tap into funds as needed.

Who is eligible for a Home Equity Line of Credit? 

As a homeowner, your equity grows with each mortgage payment you make. Once you’ve attained a combined Loan-To-Value (LTV) of 80%, and have a minimum loan amount request of $15,000, a HELOC may be a viable option. Other factors such as credit score and debt-to-income ratio will also factor in, but the first step is understanding your home equity status and how much you want to borrow.

Where can I find more information on Home Equity Lines of Credit?

Most reputable mortgage lenders offer HELOCs, including Sharonview. We offer a competitive HELOC product with variable interest rates and a flat origination fee.

For more information, click here or stop by one of our branch locations in the Carolinas.

How can I get started applying for a HELOC?

Sharonview has dedicated relationship managers who can help guide you through the HELOC process. To have a productive discussion, we recommend you have a copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy; a copy of your mortgage, deed, or title; and proof of income. For a free consultation, please reach out to our relationship managers here.
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