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The average rate on a 20-year HELOC, or home equity line of credit, is 5.57%, down 1.57% from last week, according to Bankrate.com. Meanwhile, the rate on a 10-year HELOC is 4.74%, the same as last week.
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10-year HELOC rate
This week, the average interest rate on a 10-year HELOC is 4.74%, the same as last week.
At the current rate, a 10-year HELOC of $25,000 would cost a borrower about $99 per month over the 10-year draw period.
HELOC Draw Periods and Redemption Periods may be the same or different. HELOCs have variable interest rates, which means the interest rate can change as you pay it back.
Borrowers generally only pay interest during the drawdown period, but can also repay the principal, although this is not mandatory.
20-year HELOC rate
The interest rate for a 20-year HELOC averaged 5.57% this week. That’s down from 7.14% last week and up from 5.03% at the 52-week low point.
At the current interest rate of 5.57%, a $25,000 20-year HELOC would cost about $116 per month during the draw period.
How do I qualify for a HELOC?
Qualifying for a HELOC is similar to qualifying for a first mortgage. Borrowers can typically have a maximum debt-to-income ratio (DTI) of 43%; a minimum credit score of 620; at least 15% to 20% equity in the home; and a history of on-time mortgage payments, if applicable.
Lenders also typically require a third-party appraisal of the property’s value, as this helps determine the home’s equity.
HELOC Rate Information
With the Federal Reserve raising its federal funds rate, borrowers could see HELOC rates rise this year. Typically, HELOC rates move in step with rate increases by the Fed.
The current 10-year average HELOC rate is 4.74%, but over the past 52 weeks it has fallen to 2.55% and 5.64%. On a 20-year HELOC, which has a current average rate of 5.57%, the low of 52 is 5.03% and the high is 5.70%.
HELOCs vs home equity loans
While both tap into your home equity and are backed by your home or other property, HELOCs and home equity loans have key differences.
A HELOC allows you to withdraw money as needed and only pay interest on what you borrow during the drawdown period. You repay the entire balance and interest during the repayment period. Home equity loans require homeowners to take their funds all at once and pay off the balance with fixed monthly payments.
This can make a home equity loan a better option if you have a large project and need one-time financing. Home equity loans have fixed rates, while HELOC rates are variable.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is HELOC interest tax deductible?
If you itemize deductions, you may be able to deduct interest costs if you use proceeds from a HELOC for home improvements.
Will taking out a HELOC impact my credit rating?
As with any credit product, HELOC lenders will perform a credit check as part of your application, which will cause a temporary dent in your credit score. However, as long as you repay on time, you can recover quickly.
Remember that a HELOC is secured by your home, which means that failing to make timely repayments will not only hurt your credit score, it could mean you lose your home.
What are the alternatives to HELOCs?
Home equity loans allow you to leverage the equity in your property for cash. Loans, unlike lines of credit, are taken out for a fixed amount and repaid regularly with a fixed interest rate.
You can also swap your current mortgage for a smaller mortgage and pocket the difference in cash, also known as a cash-out refinance.