You may be able to sell your home for a substantial profit, especially if you’ve accumulated a large amount of equity. However, that equity remains out of reach unless you access it with a financial product such as a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC). Figure also offers a type of HELOC known as the Figure Home Equity Line. This article explains the differences and similarities between these three financial products.
Figure Home Equity Line
The Figure Home Equity Line is an open-end loan, meaning borrowers have a revolving line of credit. However, they receive the entire loan amount less the origination fee at the time of origination. The interest rate on the initial amount is fixed at origination¹, although it can change for additional draws that the borrower makes during a period of time known as the draw period. The interest rate for subsequent draws is fixed for each draw based on the prime lending rate published in the issue of the Wall Street Journal for the month before the draw. A fixed margin is added to this value to determine the total interest rate for that draw.
Figure Home Equity Line vs a traditional bank HELOC
The lender of a traditional bank HELOC specifies the maximum amount that it will lend to the borrower and the period, or term, in which the borrower agrees to repay the loan.
A Figure Home Equity Loan offers the following benefits:
A Figure Home Equity Line, credit cards, and personal loans offer same-day approval in most cases, which traditional HELOCs don’t.
The borrower on a traditional HELOC determines the amount borrowed and the repayment schedule within the limits imposed by the lender, like a credit card account. In the case of a Figure Home Equity Line, the borrower has fixed monthly payments like a conventional loan.
A Figure Home Equity Line also has low origination fees. The origination fee on a Figure Home Equity Line ranges from 0 to 4.99 percent, depending on your credit score and the state where your property is located³. Traditional HELOCs, on the other hand, may have higher origination fees, yearly fees, and other fees in addition to the origination fee.
Traditional HELOCs usually have variable interest that can change over the course of the draw period, whereas the interest rate on a Figure Home Equity Line is always fixed on a single draw. If the interest rate on a traditional HELOC is variable, it’s typically based on a standard index, like the prime lending rate. The difference between the prime rate and the interest rate is known as its margin. The interest rate that lenders charge for a traditional HELOC can vary significantly between lenders since they use different methods to calculate their margin.
Figure Home Equity Line vs a home equity loan
A home equity loan provides the borrower with the entire loan amount up front, as does a Figure Home Equity Line. A Figure Home Equity Line also offers a line of credit up to the specified amount. The total amount you must repay is the sum of the amount drawn and the accumulated interest, as well as the origination fee, if any. Home equity loans and a Figure Home Equity Line both have fixed interest rates, although the rates on subsequent draws on the Figure Home Equity Line are subject to variation at the time of the draw. The differences between a Figure Home Equity Line and traditional home equity loan include the following:
Unlike a Figure Home Equity Line, a home equity loan is a closed-end loan, so the borrower can’t change terms such as the number and amount of the payments after originating the loan. Some home equity loans can charge prepayment penalties for paying the loan off early.
A home equity loan may involve a number of fees, like fees for conveyors, surveyors, and valuation, although some lenders may waive them. The borrower can also reduce these costs by hiring a licensed surveyor to inspect the property. In some cases, a home equity loan requires a charge to renew the title information on your property.
All of these forms of equity-based financing use your home as collateral, so they generally have lower interest rates than unsecured loans such as personal loans and credit cards⁴. In addition, home equity lines of credits and home equity loans may offer substantial tax benefits⁵: The IRS reports that the interest on all home equity loans was deductible on personal income taxes in the United States until January 1, 2018, when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect. Interest payments are still deductible if the loan is used to improve the value of the property.
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Disclaimer 1The Figure Home Equity Line is an open-end product where the full loan amount (minus the origination fee) will be 100% drawn at the time of origination. The initial amount funded at origination will be based on a fixed rate; however, this product contains an additional draw feature. As the borrower repays the balance on the line, the borrower may make additional draws during the draw period. If the borrower elects to make an additional draw, the interest rate for that draw will be set as of the date of the draw and will be based on an Index, which is the Prime Rate published in the Wall Street Journal for the calendar month preceding the date of the additional draw, plus a fixed margin. Accordingly, the fixed rate for any additional draw may be higher than the fixed rate for the initial draw.
Disclaimer 2Approval may be granted in five minutes but is ultimately subject to verification of income and employment, as well as verification that your property is in at least average condition with a property condition report. Five business day funding timeline assumes closing the loan with our remote online notary. Funding timelines may be longer for loans secured by properties located in counties that do not permit recording of e-signatures or that otherwise require an in-person closing.
Disclaimer 3You will be responsible for an origination fee of up to 4.99% of your initial draw, depending on the state in which your property is located and your credit profile. You may also be responsible for paying recording fees, which vary by county, as well as a subordination fee if you ever ask Figure to voluntarily change lien position.
Disclaimer 4You must pledge your home as collateral, and you could lose your home if you fail to repay.
Disclaimer 5You should consult a tax advisor regarding the deductibility of interest and charges to your Figure Home Equity Line.
Disclaimer 6To check the rates and terms you qualify for, we will conduct a soft credit pull that will not affect your credit score. However, if you continue and submit an application, we will request your full credit report from one or more consumer reporting agencies, which is considered a hard credit pull and may affect your credit.