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The HELOC experience has been forever changed by Figure

You may have heard that securing a HELOC is a lot like getting a mortgage: there’s a sea of information to wade through, a stack of paperwork to fill out, and confusing fine print to weigh up. In short, it’s a complicated time drain. While that may be true with traditional lenders, Figure allows you to unlock your home equity with speed and ease. Instead of the typical four to six weeks, it takes to wrap up the entire loan process, with Figure, you can be approved in five minutes with funding in as few as five days.1navigates to numbered disclaimer What’s more, you could get a cheaper deal, too.

Okay, so why is Figure different?

By leveraging technology, Figure is able to turn the usual loan process on its head and deliver speed and efficiency to customers.

So how do Figure’s HELOC customers benefit from this ultra-high-tech setup?

  • Line of credit you can afford. Unlike other lenders, Figure only charges an origination fee to cover the cost of providing the credit facility, meaning you’ll save on account opening fees, maintenance fees, and prepayment penalties.2navigates to numbered disclaimer

  • Tap your home equity at lightning speed. Figure’s technology eliminates the need to pass hard copies of documents back and forth, meaning your HELOC application can be approved online and funded at lightning speed.

What a HELOC can do for you

Now that you know why Figure is your best bet for getting fast approval, let’s take a closer look at how HELOCs can be a great planning tool for homeowners.

A traditional bank HELOC is a revolving line of credit that allows you to unlock the equity that has built up in your home. You can spend any amount as needed, provided you’re still in your draw period and you don’t go over your approved limit. Interest is charged only on the amount you borrow. If you repay your entire outstanding balance in the draw period, then you can borrow again up to your limit.

Because of their flexibility, HELOCs are ideal when you’ve got a big expenditure coming up, but you don’t know exactly how much it’ll cost.

Here are some typical ways homeowners make use of a HELOC:

  • Adding value to your home. Whether you’re preparing to sell or renovate for your own comfort, a line of credit offers a flexible way to finance your home improvement. While tax laws are prone to change, tax benefits may be available with home equity debt to offset the cost of your renovation project.3navigates to numbered disclaimer

  • Consolidating debt. If you’re having a hard time juggling multiple obligations — student loans, medical bills, and credit card debt for instance — bringing them all together can streamline payments and reduce your financial headache. Since a HELOC is secured against your home, its interest rate is likely to be lower than unsecured debt, meaning you can pay it off faster.4navigates to numbered disclaimer

  • Buying something big. Be it your wedding reception, education for your children, or a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, a HELOC ensures you’ve got access to funds but are only paying interest on the amount you actually borrow.

  • Taking time off work. A HELOC gives you a chance to take a pause from work, so you can tackle new business opportunities or take care of your family.

  • Paying for emergencies. Many homeowners use HELOCs as a financial backup to preserve their retirement or long-term savings even when an emergency or unexpected event occurs.

With a HELOC, you can develop financial flexibility as well as resilience regardless of what comes your way.

Qualifying for a HELOC

It’s important to point out from the outset that you’ll need to have equity in your home to apply for a HELOC with Figure. Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and the outstanding balance of your remaining mortgage (plus any other loans you have taken out against your property). Your approved loan limit will depend on the amount of equity you have, as well as other factors such as your credit score. Eligible properties include single-family residences, townhouses, planned urban developments, and most condos.

Just like any other loan application, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to repay with proof of employment, income, details of any existing debts as well as your credit history.

How to apply for a HELOC with Figure

Ready to apply for a HELOC and experience the Figure difference? Getting started is easy. Figure’s loan application is 100% online so you can complete the process in minutes.

Step 1: Tell us about you and your home.

We just need some basic details so we can find out who you are and what your finances look like. Things like your birth date, contact details, your residential address, financing purpose, salary, additional income, and so on. You can also create a login and password from the same registration page to keep track of your application.

When you submit these details, we’ll retrieve information from your personal credit profile from Experian for pre-qualification purposes. Don’t worry, this won’t affect your credit score.5navigates to numbered disclaimer

Step 2: Verify your information.

Next, we’ll ask for a few more specifics and confirm the details of your application. To determine the value of your property, Figure uses an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) that takes into account recent sales of similar properties, public data records, and historical price trends in the housing market.

You’ll also be asked to verify your identity, link your income sources, sign documents and talk to an eNotary.

Step 3: Get your money.

After your loan closes with the notary, the hard work is done and you just have to wait for funding. The whole application occurs online and we keep you informed every step of the way.

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