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Unlocking the Potential of HELOC When Unemployed: A Comprehensive Guide


May 14, 2023



Are you currently unemployed and considering a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)? This comprehensive guide explains the potential of a HELOC during unemployment and provides valuable insights to help you make informed decisions. Read on to understand how a HELOC can be a viable financial solution during challenging times.

Understanding HELOCs

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is a revolving line of credit secured by your home's equity. Unlike a traditional loan, a HELOC allows homeowners to borrow against the equity they have built up in their property. It offers flexibility, competitive interest rates, and the convenience of accessing funds as needed.

Qualifying for a HELOC When Unemployed

1. Verify eligibility requirements:

  • Credit score: While unemployed, maintaining a good credit score becomes crucial. Lenders may consider creditworthiness as a key factor when evaluating HELOC applications.
  • Equity: Homeowners with significant equity have higher chances of qualifying. Lenders usually allow borrowers to access up to 85% of their home's appraised value, minus the outstanding mortgage balance.

2. Alternative income sources:

  • Severance pay or unemployment benefits: If you are receiving severance pay or unemployment benefits, these can be considered as alternative income sources. Documented proof of these payments may strengthen your application.
  • Spouse's income: If you have a working spouse, their income can be included to bolster your eligibility.

3. Build a strong case:

  • Showcase financial stability: Provide evidence of substantial savings, investments, or other liquid assets that demonstrate your financial stability during unemployment.
  • Professional networking: If you are actively seeking employment or have promising job leads, share this information with your lender. It showcases your proactive approach to securing future income.

4. Seek professional advice:

  • Consult with a mortgage specialist or financial advisor who can guide you through the process. They can assess your specific situation and provide personalized recommendations.
Considerations and Risks:

1. Increased scrutiny:

  • Lenders may closely evaluate your ability to repay the HELOC during unemployment. Be prepared to provide thorough documentation to support your application.

2. Impact on credit score:

  • Opening a new line of credit can impact your credit score. Ensure you understand the potential consequences and assess whether it aligns with your long-term financial goals.


While being unemployed can present challenges, securing a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is still possible. By understanding the eligibility criteria, showcasing alternative income sources, and seeking professional advice, you can maximize your chances of accessing the funds you need. Remember to consider the associated risks and ensure that a HELOC aligns with your long-term financial objectives. Stay informed, make informed decisions, and leverage the potential of a HELOC to navigate your financial journey during unemployment.

Remember, it's crucial to consult with professionals and lenders to receive personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances.

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1. Qualified applicants may borrow up to 95% of their home’s value. This does not apply to investment properties.2. HELOCs have a 10-year draw period. During the draw period, the borrower is required to make monthly minimum payments, which will equal the greater of (a) $100; or (b) the total of all accrued finance charges and other charges for the monthly billing cycle. During the draw period, the monthly minimum payments may not reduce the outstanding principal balance. During the repayment period, the borrower is required to make monthly minimum payments, which will equal the greater of (a) $100; or (b) 1/240th of the outstanding balance at the end of the draw period, plus all accrued finance charges and other fees, charges, and costs.The lender will calculate this amount by taking the outstanding Account Balance on the last day of the draw period and dividing it by 240 months and then adding any finance charge that accrues but remains unpaid during the monthly billing cycle plus any other fees, charges and costs to the fixed principal payment that is due. During the repayment period, the monthly minimum payments may not, to the extent permitted by law, fully repay the principal balance outstanding on the HELOC. At the end of the repayment period, the borrower must pay any remaining outstanding balance in one full payment.3. The time it takes to get cash is measured from the time the Lending Partner receives all documents requested from the applicant and assumes the applicant’s stated income, property and title information provided in the loan application matches the requested documents and any supporting information. Most borrowers get their cash on average in 21 days. The time period calculation to get cash is based on the first 4 months of 2024 loan funding's, assumes the funds are wired, excludes weekends, and excludes the government-mandated disclosure waiting period. The amount of time it takes to get cash will vary depending on the applicant’s respective financial circumstances and the Lending Partner’s current volume of applications. Closing costs can vary from 3.0 - 5.0%. An appraisal may be required to be completed on the property in some instances.4. Not all borrowers will meet the requirements necessary to qualify. Rates and terms are subject to change based on market conditions and borrower eligibility. This offer is subject to verification of borrower qualifications, property evaluations, income verification and credit approval. This is not a commitment to lend.5. The content provided is presented for information purposes only. This is not a The content provided is presented for information purposes only. This is not a commitment to lend or extend credit. Information and/or dates are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to credit approval. Other restrictions may apply.