A home equity line of credit can be a great tool for homeowners. And an Interest-Only HELOC allows for even more flexibility with your money and lower monthly payments.
This loan product gives you an allotted amount you can spend with a set amount of time to spend it. Essentially borrowing money against the equity built up in your home, with the interest being the minimum monthly payment.
In order to make the most of an Interest-Only HELOC, it’s important that homeowners understand what it is and how to utilize it to its full potential.
Access to More Cash
Home equity line of credit is comprised of two phases, a draw period and a repayment period. They’re pretty self-explanatory.
- During the draw period, you’re able to access money from your line of credit to make monthly payments. Those payments go toward the interest you owe. In the long run, this adds flexibility.
- Then, during the repayment period, you pay back the remaining interest and principal.
When you only have to make payments toward the interest, not the principal, the result is extremely low monthly payments.
Low Interest Rates
Interest-Only HELOCs are one of the most affordable and flexible ways to borrow money. The lower your HELOC interest rate is, the lower your monthly payments, so make sure your bank offers competitive rates. An Interest-Only HELOC has the monthly payment as the interest accrued, so that means even lower payments!
For example, RMLEFCU offers interest only HELOCs with rates starting as low as prime +1% APR.
Unlike a loan, a home equity line of credit is readily available whenever you need it. You apply for the line once, then draw on it as you need it. Remember, as the principal is repaid, funds immediately become available for use again.
In an Interest-Only HELOC, you only pay the monthly interest rate during the draw period, so you can manage your budget around those expectations.
Additionally, you can choose to pay back just the interest cost or make additional payments toward the principal. The freedom to choose your pay back amount can alter based on your available budget and income.
How to Know if an Interest-Only HELOC is Right for You
Most people choose an Interest-Only HELOC when attempting to conserve monthly income in the short run. However, there are other times when this option is beneficial:
- When you’re juggling fluctuating income and need flexible payment options
- If you plan on selling your home after renovations
- If you need to consolidate debt
- When you need a large sum of cash for an investment
- If you’re trying to minimize monthly payments during a flip
- If you’re making a down payment on a second home before selling your first
Call us today to discuss our low HELOC rates and put your home’s equity to great use! (303) 458-6660