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Unlocking Your Home's Equity: Are HELOC Rates the Same as Mortgage Rates?


May 7, 2023



If you're a homeowner who needs access to cash for a home renovation project, a down payment on a second property, or to pay for a child's education, you may be wondering if a home equity line of credit (HELOC) is the right solution for you. One of the questions you may have is whether HELOC rates are the same as mortgage rates. In this article, we'll explore the differences between these two types of loans, and help you determine which option is best for your needs.

Mortgage Rates vs HELOC Rates


Mortgage rates are typically fixed, which means they stay the same for the life of the loan. This provides a degree of stability and predictability for homeowners, who can budget their monthly payments knowing that their interest rate will not change. HELOC rates, on the other hand, are typically variable, meaning they can fluctuate over time.

Variable rates can be both an advantage and a disadvantage for borrowers. On the one hand, if interest rates are low when you take out your HELOC, you may be able to get a lower rate than you would with a fixed-rate mortgage. This can save you money in interest payments over the life of the loan. On the other hand, if interest rates rise, your monthly payments could increase, making it harder to manage your finances.

One advantage of a HELOC is that it provides a degree of flexibility that a mortgage does not. With a HELOC, you can borrow only the amount you need, when you need it, and you only pay interest on the amount you borrow. This can help you manage your finances more effectively, and avoid taking on more debt than you need.

How to Determine If a HELOC is Right for You


To determine if a HELOC is the right solution for your needs, it's important to consider your financial situation, your goals, and your long-term plans. If you need a large sum of money upfront, a mortgage may be a better option, as it allows you to borrow a lump sum at a fixed rate. If, however, you need access to funds over a period of time, a HELOC may be a better option, as it allows you to borrow only what you need, when you need it.

Another factor to consider is your credit score. HELOCs typically require a higher credit score than mortgages, as they are considered a riskier type of loan. If your credit score is not in good shape, you may have a harder time getting approved for a HELOC than for a mortgage.

Why Choose Hitch for Your HELOC

If you're in the market for a HELOC, Hitch is a great lender to consider. Hitch offers low rates, no hidden fees, and a streamlined online application process. You can apply for a HELOC from the comfort of your own home, and get approved in as little as 5 minutes. Hitch also offers a free Home Price Protection™ feature, which protects you against any decline in your home's value while you have your HELOC. This means you can borrow against your home's equity with confidence, knowing that you're protected against market fluctuations.

Ready to unlock the value in your home and make smart financial decisions? Get a quote from Hitch today and experience the benefits of our digital HELOC platform. Our streamlined process, personalized approach, and commitment to your financial health make us the ideal choice for your home equity needs. Don't wait, take control of your finances with Hitch. Get a Quote from Hitch Today!

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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.