HELOC-specific disclosures

We have HELOC-specific disclosures (abbreviated here) in our Loans experience for the consumer:

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

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If your home value is higher than your outstanding mortgage balance(s) you may be able to borrow against the portion of equity available in your home. A HELOC is a financial product that takes a security interest in your home using a credit line. Typically, HELOCs are broken down into two distinct phases. A draw period and repayment period.

During the draw period, homeowners can borrow as much as they’d like within the credit line amount. Usually, interest-only payments are allowed on the amount drawn. You may also pay back the amount borrowed and the line is replenished. Once the draw period ends, you can no longer withdraw money from the line and the borrower must pay off the principal amount of the HELOC, with interest. The length of these terms and product offerings will vary by lender and each individual situation. When a HELOC has a variable rate, your interest rate may go up or down in relation to an index, economic conditions, and rate restrictions provided by the lender. Some HELOCs may be subject to interest rate adjustment caps which means that there is a maximum your interest rate may go up or down for a set period (i.e. 6 months or 1 year) and for the life of the loan. Example: A Variable Rate HELOC with interest rate caps of 2% for the first year and 1% each year afterward for the life of the loan.

Rates and terms may change at any time and will be subject to property type, loan amount, credit history, lien position, loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, FICO score and draw amount at closing. Rates are subject to change daily and minimum line amounts may apply. All accounts are subject to individual lender approval. Any minimum periodic payments stated by a lender may result in a balloon payment if only the minimum is made. The amount and timing of the balloon payment is at the discretion of the lender. Please evaluate all terms prior to making any financial decision.

Other helpful information is available here: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201204_CFPB_HELOC-brochure.pdf

HELOC Example Home value $300,000 $300,000 x 80% = $240,000 You owe $100,000 on your first mortgage: $240,000 – $100,000 = $140,000

In the above scenario, assuming your lender caps the maximum loan-to-value ratio of 80%, you could potentially qualify for a HELOC with a maximum credit line of $140,000.

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