Use your home’s equity for the right reasons.
Increase the value of your home through repairs and remodeling. Fund a college education. Refinance and pay off high-interest debt. There are many uses for home equity (translation: the value of your home above what you owe), but we like to make sure they all have something in common: a lasting, positive impact on your financial situation.
Which home equity option is right for you?
Home Equity Loan
When you need funds all at once for a big expense at a fixed rate.
A Home Equity Loan is best when you have one large expense, like renovating your home all at once, and you want the predictability of a consistent monthly payment at a fixed rate.
Term lengths from 60 months (5 years) to 240 months (20 years) — make fixed monthly principal and interest payments over the length of the term.
A 30/20 with monthly principal and interest payments calculated over 360 months (30 years) and paid over 240 months (20 years). After 20 years, pay the final outstanding balance in full.
Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
When you need flexible access to a credit line for expenses over time.
A Home Equity Line of Credit is best when you plan to pay expenses over time, like college tuition payments or minor home improvements. HELOCs give you the flexibility to borrow what you need, when you need it. *‡ starting at 4.49%. You may also fix your rate for a portion of your loan balance. Use your line of credit during the first 10 years, called the Draw Period. During the Draw Period, you may make interest-only payments or pay extra against the principal. During the Repayment Period (the last 10 years), make monthly principal and interest payments to repay the outstanding balance. Note that you won’t be able to draw funds from the HELOC during this time.Take advantage of interest rate changes with a variable APR
Commonly asked questions
Home equity is the value of your home above what you owe. You build your home equity when the value of your home increases, depending on market conditions, and/or as you pay down your mortgage loan balance(s).
Some common uses of home equity include: renovating your house into your dream home, financing an education for yourself or a loved one, consolidating high-interest credit card or personal loan debt, or paying outstanding medical bills. Find out more in our blog.(opens in a new window)
With an Elevations Home Equity Loan, you have access to funds from the lump sum that was either deposited into your Elevations account or made payable to you by check.
With an Elevations Home Equity Line of Credit, you can access funds by using your Home Equity Visa® Card, transferring money to your checking account or writing a check.
We keep it simple: There’s no application fee. You can apply online, over the phone or in a branch. Credit, income and collateral qualifications apply; note that your credit will be pulled. After reviewing your application, an Elevations loan officer will be in touch with next steps.
* APR = Annual Percentage RateRate shown as low as for qualified borrowers. Rate may change dependent on credit qualifications. Borrower must have approved credit and limitations may apply. Please speak with an Elevations representative for more information. The rate may vary depending on each individual's credit history and underwriting factors. All Credit Union loan programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.
†Fixed Rate - Rate is dependent upon LTV (Loan to Value) ratio, term and credit history.
‡Variable Rate – Based on Prime Rate plus a margin that is based on your LTV (Loan to Value) Ratio and credit history.
NOTE: The maximum APR for a home equity loan is 18%. The third party fees for a home equity loan range from $105 to $2,000. The Credit Union will pay a $500 credit toward all related third party fees.Payment example: A $15,000 loan amortized for 120 months at a 5% fixed rate would be $160 a month.