Understanding the basics of a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) and a Fixed Rate Home Equity Loan can give you confidence in choosing the one that's right for you. We'll explain the differences and benefits of each option.
For details about home equity rates, eligibility requirements and other information, view important disclosures.
A HELOC uses your home as collateral for a line of credit that you can access as needed. There are 2 types of HELOCs, a HELOC with a principal and interest draw period or a HELOC with an interest-only draw period. The latter option has asset eligibility requirements. With both options, you'll be approved for a specific line amount to draw from multiple times, up to your available credit limit.
The HELOC includes 2 phases:
Because a HELOC is flexible and usually has a higher limit, it's generally used to pay for large items like tuition or home improvements rather than day-to-day expenses. Some homeowners also use a HELOC to consolidate higher-interest-rate debt.
A HELOC may be the right choice if you:
A Fixed Rate Home Equity Loan provides a set amount of money that you repay in equal monthly principal and interest (P&I) payments over a fixed time period.
If you have a balance on your existing mortgage, Citi offers Fixed Rate Home Equity Loans with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30-year terms.
This loan could be a good fit if you prefer consistent monthly payments for a longer amount of time, or if you need a certain amount for a specific purpose like paying for tuition or home renovations.
A Fixed Rate Home Equity Loan may be the right choice if you:
If you sell your home, you'll be required to pay off the full amount of your HELOC or Fixed Rate Home Equity Loan immediately. Keep in mind that if you pay in full and close the line of credit within 36 months, you may also have to pay additional charges. If you're likely to sell your home in the near future, you may want to consider a loan instead. Citi also offers Personal Lines and Loans.
Terms, conditions and fees for accounts, programs, products and services are subject to change.
Home equity lines and loans are not offered for collateral properties located in Alaska. A home equity line or loan is available for single family residential properties (including co-ops in New York, Illinois, District of Columbia, New Jersey and Maryland). Home equity lines are also available for 2-4 family homes that are primary residences (excluding Texas). Home equity loans are also available for 2-family homes that are primary residences (excluding Texas). In Texas, home equity lines and loans are only available on collateral properties that are single family, primary residences. Home equity lines and loans are not available for mobile homes in any state. Certain limitations apply. Lines of credit and loans are subject to credit approval. All rates current as of ET. Rates are subject to change without notice.
For Home Equity Lines of Credit: Variable Annual Percentage Rate A P R can be as low as Prime plus % (currently % variable A P R) and as high as Prime plus % (currently % variable A P R). Additional rate discounts may apply. To qualify for the lowest rate, customers must meet relationship balance requirements (as of the closing date); have excellent credit; use Citibank Auto Deduct (an automated monthly debit from a Citibank deposit account) for repayment; meet certain loan-to-value and lien position requirements; take an initial draw of at least $25,000 at closing; and have a line amount of at least $100,000. Rates will vary depending on the state where the collateral property is located. The variable A P R is indexed to the Prime Rate as published in the "Money Rates" section of The Wall Street Journal. Maximum A P R is 18%. Annual fee: $50 during the draw period (not applicable if collateral property is located in Texas). No annual fee will be charged if at the time of the account opening, you are a Citigold or Citi Priority customer or an employee of Citigroup or its subsidiaries. Customers who elect to pay closing costs will receive an additional rate reduction (not applicable if the collateral property is located in Texas). Closing costs can range from approximately $680 to $32,000, except in New York where they can range from approximately $680 to $38,000. Closing costs may vary based upon the line amount, property location and title insurance required. An Early Closure Release Fee may be charged to recover all costs incurred for originating your loan and may apply if you close your account within 36 months (not applicable if collateral property is located in Texas). Property insurance and the fee to release an existing mortgage may be required. Applicable for loan sizes up to $1 million. No 3rd lien positions. Home Equity Lines of Credit are available to U.S. residents only.
Home Equity Lines of Credit with an interest-only draw period require theto have $200,000 or more in personal assets with Citi, or $1,000,000 or more in combined personal assets with Citi and other financial institutions. Personal assets include, but are not limited to: deposit, checking, savings, money market, investment, Certificates of Deposit, stocks and bonds, retirement, mutual fund, annuities and trust accounts.
For Home Equity Lines of Credit with an interest-only draw period: Your monthly minimum payments during the draw period can be as low as "interest-only". If you choose to pay only the amount of interest due, then at the end of the interest-only period you will still owe the original amount you borrowed and your monthly payments will increase because you must pay back the principal as well as interest. Your payment could increase even more if your variable rate increases. Please speak to a personal banker for more details.
For Fixed Rate Home Equity Loans: Your Annual Percentage Rate (A P R) may be as low as 6.59% A P R (as low as 6.84% A P R for New York properties) or as high as 8.54% A P R (as high as 8.79% A P R for New York properties). Additional rate discounts may apply. To qualify for the lowest rate, customers must meet loan amount, loan-to-value and term requirements, have excellent credit history, and use Citibank Auto Deduct (an automated monthly debit from a Citibank deposit account) for repayment. If you borrow $50,000 at 7.04% A P R for a 30-year term, assuming no down payment, you will make 360 payments of approximately $334.00. Repayments can be made over 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years; however, the monthly payment amount may differ from the example used above based on the loan amount and repayment term selected. If you close your account within 36 months an Early Closure Release Fee may be charged to recover all costs incurred for originating your loan (does not apply to collateral properties in Texas). Property insurance and the fee to release an existing mortgage may be required. Fixed rate home equity loans are not available in 1st lien position.