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The Basics (FAQs)

How do you qualify for a Figure Home Equity Line (FHEL)?

To qualify for a FHEL, you must have a sufficiently strong combination of credit profile, income, and home equity. Simply enter your information on Figure to begin the underwriting process.

Is HELOC interest tax-deductible?

Potentially.5 Under the Tax Cut & Jobs Act of 2017, the limits on deductible interest changed effective in 2019. If a home was purchased after Dec. 15, 2017, married couples filing jointly can deduct mortgage-related interest of up to $750K, and those filing separately can deduct interest of up to $375K. If a home was purchased before this date, those limits jump up to $1 million for married and $500K for separate filers. Interest can be deducted only if the loan is used for home-related items (“substantial” home renovations, home building, and home purchases). Interest on debt consolidations is not deductible. The upgrades also have to add “value” to the home or property. Cosmetic upgrades or routine maintenance (home repaintings, etc.) may not qualify, according to the IRS. Please consult a tax professional.

How long does it take to get a HELOC?

When you go to a bank or a lending institution to apply for a HELOC, the underwriting process usually takes 21-45 days from the submission of the loan application. At Figure, a typical application can be approved in as few as 5 minutes, and funding is typically received in 5 days.2  navigates to disclosure 2

How much can you borrow on a HELOC?

Among the factors that combine to determine the amount that you can borrow are your credit score and the amount of equity that you have in your home at the time of the HELOC application. Depending on your credit profile, Figure may be able to approve you up to 95% combined loan-to-value (CLTV). To calculate your CLTV, subtract your existing mortgage and your desired HELOC amount from the value of your home.

When is a HELOC a good idea?

Your home equity is an investment, and like any investment, you want it to grow in value. Therefore, the best rule of thumb is to use your home equity for other investments that will make (or save) you money. Debt refinancing may make sense if it reduces your interest payments. Home renovations can increase the value of your home. Investing to grow your business is another area where you can expect a return.

When is a HELOC a bad idea?

Since your loan is backed by your home, you want to be sure that you will be able to make your monthly payments every month and on time. In addition, if you are refinancing consumer spending and don’t have a plan in place to avoid additional high-interest debt from accruing, you should first make sure you have the appropriate budget in place before a refinance.

What are the current HELOC rates?

Figure’s HELOC APRs range from 4.99%1  navigates to disclosure 1 to approximately 13%, depending on the details of your application.

How is interest calculated on a HELOC versus a mortgage?

Fixed-rate mortgages are calculated using a standard amortization schedule, and each month you pay a fixed amount which is a combination of interest and principal. The FHEL works the same way. Traditional HELOCs are usually variable interest loans that have an interest-only payment period followed by a period where both interest and principal must be repaid. With the FHEL, you have the opportunity to make additional draws once you’ve repaid a portion of the principal. Each additional draw is at a fixed interest rate, set at the time of the draw  navigates to disclosure †

How is the loan-to-value ratio calculated for a HELOC?

The lender determines this amount by dividing the appraised value of the house by the amount remaining on your mortgage. Take the example of a home that is appraised at $500K, with $125K remaining on the mortgage. The balance of the mortgage is divided by the appraised value, producing a loan-to-value ratio of .25, or 25%. A combined loan-to-value rate also takes into account the amount of the loan that you have requested. Suppose, for example, that you have aksed for a loan of $75K. The balance of the mortgage and the new loan total $200K, producing a combined loan-to-value ratio of .4 or 40% (200,000 / 500,00).

Why is the loan-to value ratio so important?

It’s important because it helps lenders determine a borrower’s qualifications to pay back the loan and to calculate the interest rate.

How to get funding in five days?

At Figure, we process and underwrite your HELOC application online. You can get approved in five minutes and receive your HELOC funding in five days.2  navigates to disclosure 2 Contact Figure today and let us help you with your financial needs.