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Credit score qualifications for home equity loans and HELOCs

Here’s what homebuyers need to know about a Home Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC) and if it’s still possible to get a home loan with bad credit.



Buying a home is a big part of the American dream. A home where you can build memories with your family and friends that will last forever. Your home most likely to be the largest purchase you will ever make. One of the benefits of being a homeowner is that it will enable you to get a large sum of money if an unexpected expense occurs. Two ways you can take money out of your home is through a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC).

What is the difference between a HEL and a HELOC?

A home equity loan is when you borrow money based on the amount of equity in your home. Your home is used as collateral, and your loan has a fixed interest rate. A HELOC is like using your home’s like a credit card. You can use it whenever you need the money. You do not have to make any monthly payments on a HELOC until you use some or all the money. HELOCs have a variable interest rate, and your house is used as collateral.

What is a credit score?

When you go to a lender for a home equity loan or a HELOC, they will look at your credit report. One of the first things they will see is your credit score. Your credit score is a numerical representation of how likely you will pay back your debt. The credit score range is between 300-850. If you have a high credit score, you are more likely to receive a favorable interest rate and loan terms. Your score will fall into one of five general categories:

  • Poor: 300-579
  • Fair: 580-669
  • Good: 670-739
  • Very Good: 740-799
  • Excellent: 800-850

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are the three credit bureaus. They each use different criteria in creating a credit score, so the numbers in each category will slightly vary.

Can you get a home equity loan or HELOC with bad credit?

It is possible for you to get a home equity loan or HELOC if your credit score is fair or better, but nearly impossible if you have a poor credit score. Lenders generally like you to have a credit score of at least 620. No matter what your score is, the one thing that will help you get the loan or line of credit is your home. Your home is used as collateral, so if you do not pay back your loan or line of credit, you will lose your home.

Owning a home is part of the American dream. (Photo by DepositPhotos)

Lenders will also look at two other factors. First, you must have equity in your home. You can borrow up 80 percent of your home’s equity value based on the loan-to-value ratio. For instance, any reputable lender or mortgage company will tell you if your home is valued at $400,000 and you owe $250,000, then your lender will use this simple calculation:

• $400,000 x .80 = $320,000 – $250,000 = $70,000 loan amount

Second, your lender will look at your debt-to-income ratio. The amount of debt you carry compared to your income has a huge effect on your credit score and ability to get a loan. You should pay down your debts as much as possible before you apply for a home equity loan or HELOC.

Getting the best HELOC rate

This current one’s on you: The more you look into, the greater your reward. As you search for the best offers on a home equity line of credit interest rate, get quotes from different banks.

To start with, ensure your credit score is in good shape. At that point, check your primary bank or home loan supplier; it may offer discounts to existing customers. Get a statement and compare its rates with other different loan brokers. As you look around, observe early on offers, introductory rates that will expire at the end of a given term.

Calculate the caps on your interest rate, both the lifetime cap and an occasional cap on the off chance that it applies. Caps are the most extreme points of confinement on loan fee increments. The yearly rate on your HELOC is in all likelihood factor; it changes with the market. Ensure you know the most extreme rate you could pay — and that you can bear the cost of the installments dependent on it.

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DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation for writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

Ved Prakash is the founder of Newsblare and content marketing evangelist who specialized in Technology, Business, Marketing, and Finance niches. Ved is a marketing expert with specialization in IT sales and distribution management. He has a passion for process improvement with excellent analytical problem-solving skills. He is the contributor of different... news sites that have widened his views on the current happenings in the world.