The full principal amount is due at the end of the draw period, either as a lump-sum balloon payment or according to a loan amortization schedule.
Another important difference from a conventional home equity loan is that the interest rate on a HELOC is variable.
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The interest rate is generally based on an index, such as the prime rate.
This means that the interest rate can change over time.
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To understand CLTV, we will walk through an example.
Suppose you have a property that is appraised at 0,000 and you have a first mortgage where you owe 0,000 and a second mortgage balance of ,000.
Another reason for the popularity of HELOCs is their flexibility, both in terms of borrowing and repaying on a schedule determined by the borrower.
Furthermore, HELOC loans' popularity may also stem from their having a better image than a "second mortgage," a term which can more directly imply an undesirable level of debt.
This distinction becomes important in foreclosure since the borrower may remain personally liable for a recourse debt on a foreclosed property.
In 2008 major home equity lenders including Bank of America, Countrywide Financial, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, National City Mortgage, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo began informing borrowers that their home equity lines of credit had been frozen, reduced, suspended, rescinded or restricted in some other manner.
Falling housing prices have led to borrowers possessing reduced equity, which is perceived as an increased risk of foreclosure in the eyes of lenders.