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A Local Survey of Home Equity Loan Rates

Every month, HSH collects the latest information on home equity loan (second mortgage) products from lenders in over 24 metropolitan areas around the US. (We also survey home equity line-of-credit (HELOC) products.)

What's the difference? Both types of loans allow you to tap the equity in your home. The home equity loan is the traditional second mortgage: a loan in effect for a specific term, usually (but not always!) fixed rate. You're approved for X dollars, the lender gives you the check, and you get a repayment schedule.

Ready to Order?

For everything you need to know when shopping for your Home Equity Line of Credit or Home Equity Loan, order "A Homeowner's Guide to Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit" for only $4. If you prefer, you can send a money order (no checks, please) to HSH Associates, Dept HEQ, 51 Route 23 South, Riverdale NJ 07457.

The single-market sampling listed below lists just a few of the loans in one of the markets we cover. HSH surveys hundreds of home equity lenders every month

Homeowners looking for a line of credit should see our Home Equity Showcase, where lenders advertise their best loans & lines of credit.


If you're a Lender, you should also consider advertising in our Home Equity Showcases. If you need competitive retail market data, HSH's local or national Home Equity surveys are available on a one-time or a subscription basis and are typically marketed to lending institutions and other finance professionals. You can see a sample of the data contained in our competitive market report for HELOCs here. HSH also conducts a similar survey for other types of consumer loans -- including new and used auto loans.



Derived from HSH's nationwide
Home Equity Line and Loan Survey.

Home Equity Loans are best used for one-time credit needs, like a debt consolidation or single home improvement project. Caution: when consolidating debt into a Home Equity Loan, make sure you pay off the loan promptly, rather than just sending the minimum payment. If you're not careful, you could end up paying for today's purchases for as long as ten or twenty years!

Markets shown below will change on a regular basis.
Metro AreaTypeLenderPhoneCLTV %
Minimum
$,000
Maximum
$,000
Rate %PointsFees $Term (yrs)Prepay
$
Penalty
period
DENVER HE LOAN BANK OF THE WEST 303-331-3500 80 5 500 6.14 0 0 15 NONE  
DENVER HE LOAN BBVA COMPASS BANK 303-390-2370 80 10 49 8.74 0 0 10 CLS 2YRS
DENVER HE LOAN COLORADO STATE BANK 303-861-2111 80 10 25 6.30 0 0 10 NONE  
DENVER HE LOAN FIRSTBANK COLORADO 303-232-2000 80 3 100 6.14 0 148 10 NONE  
DENVER HE LOAN KEY BANK 800-539-2968 85 15 24 4.24 0 125 15 NONE  
DENVER HE LOAN US BANK 303-585-8585 80 25 125 6.39 0 0 10 500 3YRS
DENVER HE LOAN VECTRA BANK 720-947-7400 80 5 100 4.49 0 VARY 5 NONE  
DENVER HE LOAN WELLS FARGO BANK 303-863-5559 80 10 24 8.50 0 0 15 NONE  


Source: HSH Associates, Financial Publishers, 51 Route 23 South, Riverdale NJ 07457. Other cities are available.

Metro Area: The region in which the lender offers the terms shown.

Type: self-explanatory.

Lender: The institution. If a credit union, you'll need to contact them for membership information and details.

Phone: The lender's contact number.

CLTV: Combined-Loan-to-Value ratio. The sum of the first and second mortgages against the property, expressed as a percentage of the home's value. For example, a home is worth $100,000; the first mortgage is $60,000 (60% LTV) plus a $20,000 second mortgage (20% LTV); the sum of the first mortgage plus the second mortgage is $80,000 (80% CLTV).

Minimum Loan $: The minimum loan amount for the rate and term shown.

Maximum Loan $: The maximum loan amount for the rate and term shown.

Interest Rate: The interest rate being charged on the loan.

Points: A fee, expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. One point is equal to a 1% fee; a 1% fee on $20,000 would be a $200 fee.

Fees: If any, costs which the borrower must pay to obtain the loan.

Repayment Period:Term: The repayment period, expressed in years. If fully-amortizing, you will be required to make payments of principle and interest in order to retire the loan in the term listed.

Early Termination (prepay) Fee: A fee levied by the lender if the loan is closed (paid off) before the term has been reached. Fees may be expressed in dollars or percentage points of the remaining outstanding balance. CLS indicates that the lender will charge all costs incurred in making the loan, including appraisals, inspections, taxes and any others which occur.

Early Termination Period: The early termination fee listed will only be levied is the loan is closed during the period shown. In the event of a closure after the shown time, no termination fee is levied.


All rate listings are Copyright © 2015 by HSH Associates. They may not be copied and/or distributed. If you are interested in displaying this feature, please contact us.

Lenders:
With information ranging from a single metropolitan area, to a geographical or marketing region, to the entire country, HSH Associates' Home Equity Loan database is the best way to evaluate your institution's offerings. Available on a one-time or contract basis. For more information, send us e-mail.


A Local Survey of Home Equity Line of Credit Rates

Every month, HSH collects the latest information on home equity line-of-credit (HELOC) products from lenders in over 24 metropolitan areas around the US. (We also survey for home equity loan "second mortgage" products.)

What's the difference? Both types of loans allow you to tap the equity in your home. The home equity loan is the traditional second mortgage: a loan in effect for a specific term, usually (but not always!) fixed rate. You're approved for X dollars, the lender gives you the check, and you get a repayment schedule.

But the HELOC works like a credit line -- its operation resembles a charge card, like Visa or MasterCard. Commonly, most lines feature an "open" or "advance" period where you can borrow money, followed by a "repayment" period where your access is closed off, and any money you still owe must be repaid. However, there are some which are truly open-ended, and like charge cards, they don't have a fixed term, but can last for as long as you own your home. And HELOCs are almost always variable-rate, tied to the Prime Rate plus some margin, with at least a lifetime `cap` on rate movements. Our listings note whether the HELOC has an "introductory" rate, and if so how long it lasts.

Ready to Order?

For everything you need to know when shopping for your Home Equity Line of Credit or Home Equity Loan, order "A Homeowner's Guide to Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit" for only $4. If you prefer, you can send a money order (no checks, please) to to HSH Associates, Dept HEQ, HSH Associates, Dept HEQ, 51 Route 23 South, Riverdale NJ 07457.

The single-market sampling listed below lists just a few of the loans in one of the markets we cover.

Homeowners looking for a line of credit should see our Home Equity Showcase, where lenders advertise some of their most competitive home equity loans & and lines of credit.


If you're a Lender, you should also consider advertising in our Home Equity Showcases.
If you need competitive retail market data, HSH's local or national Home Equity surveys are available on a one-time or a subscription basis and are typically marketed to lending institutions and other finance professionals. You can see a sample of the data contained in our competitive market report for HELOCs here. HSH also conducts a similar survey for other types of consumer loans -- including new and used auto loans.



EquityNews:
Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit are getting a little easier to find and are somewhat less expensive, too. After being stung by losses and the downturn in home values, quite a few lenders made changes to their Home Equity Line offers or even pulled back from the market altogether. This is slowly changing, even though some lenders no longer offer certain equity products or price tiers. Some lenders have not yet returned to the market at all.

After having virtually disappeared for quite a while, we are starting to see the reemergence of introductory offers, where usually low "teaser rates" exist for the first few months of the line. Unlike pre-crisis days, though, most lenders have dropped their "high-CLTV" programs -- the ones which let borrowers leverage 90% to 100% of the value of their homes. More commonplace in the market is 80% or less today, and in some markets even that level can be hard to find.

Some lenders have stopped offering lines of credit with small minimum balances (i.e. a minimum $5,000 line of credit) in favor of $10,000 or even $25,000 minimums. Minimum credit scores to obtain lines and loans have moved higher, too, so although rates are low and attractive, getting access to that cheap financing may be a challenge.

Unlike in years past, HELOCs may no longer be a reliable "insurance policy" in hard fiscal times, as most newer HELOC contracts allow the lender to trim or even shut off access to your line of credit (called "curtailment") if your credit score or the value of your home changes.

With home prices again firming, lenders will continue to tweak their offerings, and access to credit and how much leverage you are allowed to have should continue improve with time.


About the HSH survey data below:
The Lines and Loans listed below are for borrowers with excellent credit. While the lines shown are among the best offered in the market listed, there is no one 'best' line that fits every borrower. We strongly recommend that you shop the offerings in your local market, as the actual best deals for Home Equity Lines are frequently made at smaller, local institutions.

Home Equity Lines of Credit are best used for financing on-going credit needs, like college tuition, recurring medical expenses, or continuing home improvements.

Markets shown below will change on a regular basis.
Metro AreaType Lender PhoneCLTV %
Min-
imum $,000
Max-
imum $,000
Intro
Rate %
Intro
Period
Interest
Rate %
Index
Margin
Max
Rate %
Poi-
nts
Fees ($)
Ann.
Fee ($)
Adv.
period
(yrs)
Repay
period
(yrs)
Prepay
amount
$
Prepay
penalty
period
ST. LOUIS HE LINE BANK OF AMERICA 314-466-3080 80 25 50 _ _ 6.48 PRIME +3.23 24 0 0 0 10 15 450 3YRS
ST. LOUIS HE LINE BMO HARRIS BANK 314-776-5200 80 5 24 _ _ 5.49 PRIME +2.24 18 0 0 50 10 20 450 3YRS
ST. LOUIS HE LINE COMMERCE BANK 314-726-2255 80 10 50 2.75 6 MO _ PRIME +1.25 17.65 0 0 0 10 BAL NONE _
ST. LOUIS HE LINE FIRST BANK 314-205-3100 80 10 50 1.99 6 MO _ PRIME +1.49 20 0 0 50 10 15 NONE _
ST. LOUIS HE LINE HEARTLAND BANK 800-557-2719 85 8 100 _ _ 4.50 PRIME +0.25 23 0 0 0 10 BAL NONE _
ST. LOUIS HE LINE MIDWEST BANK CENTRE 314-631-5500 80 10 100 3.5 12 MO _ PRIME +0.50 20 0 0 0 5 REN NONE _
ST. LOUIS HE LINE PNC BANK 314-898-0000 80 10 25 _ _ 4.99 PRIME +1,74 24 0 0 50 10 20 CLS 3YRS
ST. LOUIS HE LINE PULASKI BANK 314-878-2210 80 10 50 _ _ 4.75 PRIME +1.50 21 0 750 0 5 10 NONE _
ST. LOUIS HE LINE REGIONS BANK 314-664-0220 80 10 50 1.99 12 MO _ PRIME +1.75 21 0 0 0 10 10 CLS 2YRS
ST. LOUIS HE LINE ST. JOHNS BANK 314-428-1000 80 10 25 _ _ 5.00 PRIME +0.00 20 0 0 0 10 20 NONE _
ST. LOUIS HE LINE UMB BANK 314-621-1000 80 10 25 1.99 12 MO _ PRIME +3.00 18 0 0 0 10 15 250 5YRS
ST. LOUIS HE LINE U.S. BANK 314-425-2000 80 20 50 1.5 5 MO _ PRIME +1.24 18 0 0 90 10 20 1% 3YRS


Source: HSH Associates, Financial Publishers, 51 Route 23 South, Riverdale NJ 07457. Other cities are available.

Metro Area: The region in which the lender offers the terms shown.

Type: self-explanatory.

Lender: The institution. If a credit union, you'll need to contact them for membership information and details.

Phone: The lender's contact number.

CLTV: Combined-Loan-to-Value ratio. The sum of the first and second mortgages against the property, expressed as a percentage of the home's value. For example, a home is worth $100,000; the first mortgage is $60,000 (60% LTV) plus a $20,000 second mortgage (20% LTV); the sum of the first mortgage plus the second mortgage is $80,000 (80% CLTV).

Minimum Loan $: The minimum loan amount for the rate and term shown.

Maximum Loan $: The maximum loan amount for the rate and term shown.

Introductory Rate: A discounted interest rate offered to attract borrowers. A blank indicates no introductory rate for the shown line.

Introductory Period: The period the discounted interest rate is in effect. A blank indicates no introductory period.

Interest Rate: The interest rate being charged on the line if there is no introductory interest rate offered. Calculated as a point of reference for lines which have an introductory interest rate.

Index: The name of the index used to govern rate changes.

Margin: The amount added to the index value to arrive at the line's interest rate. Margins may be positive (i.e. Prime _plus_ 1%, Full Rate Today equals 9.25%) or negative (i.e. Prime _minus_ 1%, Full Rate Today = 7.25%).

Max Rate %: The highest interest rate which can be charged on the line of credit.

Points: A fee, expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. One point is equal to a 1% fee; a 1% fee on $20,000 would be a $200 fee.

Fees: If any, costs which the borrower must pay to obtain the loan.

Annual Fee: Some lenders will charge you an annually-recurring fee for making the line available. Fees can be 'conditional', changed only if you don't some or all the line over the course of the year.

Advance Period: The 'advance' or 'open' period of the line is the period (expressed in years) when you can borrow and repay money as you need to. At the end of the Advance period, if any outstanding balance remains, you will enter a repayment period, where no new borrowing can take place. Some lines will need to be renewed, renegotiated or may feature a 'balloon' payment, where all the remaining balance becomes due and payable at once.

Repayment Period: The repayment period, expressed in years, begins after the 'advance' period has ended. Usually, you will be required to make payments of principle and interest in order to retire the line of credit in the term listed.

Early Termination (prepay) Fee: A fee levied by the lender if the loan is closed (paid off) before the term has been reached. Fees may be expressed in dollars or percentage points of the remaining outstanding balance. CLS indicates that the lender will charge all costs incurred in making the loan, including appraisals, inspections, taxes and any others which occur.

Early Termination Period: The early termination fee listed will only be levied is the loan is closed during the period show. In the event of a closure after the show time, no termination fee is levied.


Copyright © 2015 HSH® Associates, Financial Publishers - hsh.com  They may not be copied and/or distributed. If you are interested in displaying this feature, please contact us.

Lenders:
With information ranging from a single metropolitan area, to a geographical or marketing region, to the entire country, HSH Associates' Home Equity Loan database is the best way to evaluate your institution's offerings. Available on a one-time or contract basis. For more information, send us e-mail.


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