Bethpage Federal Credit Union: 2023 Home Equity Review
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About Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Up to $1 million
Min. credit score
10-year draw period and 20-year repayment term
Funds available in
Bethpage Federal Credit Union features
Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of Bethpage Federal Credit Union home equity loans.
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Bethpage Federal Credit Union overview
Bethpage Federal Credit Union traces its roots back to 1941 and currently serves more than 430,000 members. Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, the credit union offers competitive interest rates and fees on home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). As a credit union, Bethpage is owned by its members and therefore might offer better service than banks and online lenders. Its HELOC product could be ideal for members looking for a large line, but don’t necessarily need access to the funds immediately.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union snapshot
|Home equity loan types||Home equity line of credit (HELOC)|
|Loan amounts||Up to $1 million|
|Credit score minimum||Undisclosed|
|Repayment terms||10-year draw period and 20-year repayment term|
|Average time to approval||Undisclosed|
How Bankrate rates Bethpage Federal Credit Union
To create our Bankrate Scores, we evaluated lenders based on availability, affordability and borrower experience. Availability was assessed based on the minimum loan amount required, time to approval, days to close, minimum draw requirements, minimum credit score requirements and loan types offered. Affordability was assessed based on minimum APR, discounts and promotions offered and associated fees. Borrower experience was assessed based on online application and account availability, customer support, auto payment availability and mobile app availability and ratings.
- Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s HELOC rates tend to be lower than Bankrate’s national average.
- The credit union covers the closing costs on lines up to $500,000. You won’t have to pay an application, appraisal or origination fee, either.
- You can convert some or all of your variable-rate HELOC to a fixed-rate HELOC without incurring a fee. (You’ll need to draw a minimum of $10,000 for each fixed-rate loan, but you can choose between five-, 10- and 20-year repayment timelines.)
- While you can convert your HELOC to a fixed-rate loan, Bethpage doesn’t offer a separate home equity loan product.
- If you close your HELOC within three years of opening it, you’ll need to repay the closing costs Bethpage waived, which could run anywhere from $500 to $15,000.
- Bethpage is a credit union, which means that membership is required to obtain a HELOC. To become a member, you’ll need to open a savings account with a minimum deposit of $5.
Types of fees charged
Bethpage Federal Credit Union doesn’t charge HELOC closing costs, application fees or origination fees. However, you’ll need to repay the closing costs you would’ve paid if you close your HELOC within three years. There is no fee to convert some or all of your HELOC to a fixed-rate loan. You can also earn a discount on your rate by setting up automatic HELOC payments from a Bethpage checking or savings account.
Home equity loan products offered
Bethpage Federal Credit Union offers HELOCs with a 10-year, interest-only initial period and a 20-year repayment term after that. You also have the option to convert some or all of your current balance to a fixed-rate loan with a five-, 10- or 20-year repayment period at no additional fee — although the maximum term can’t exceed your account maturity date. To convert, you’ll need to draw at least $10,000. You can have up to three fixed-rate loan balances at a time.
How to qualify for a HELOC with Bethpage Federal Credit Union
To qualify for a Bethpage HELOC, you need to become a member, which requires opening a savings account with a minimum of $5. You will also need to have homeowners insurance and, in some cases, flood insurance.
Bethpage’s best rates typically go to borrowers with a maximum combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratio of 65 percent and who make an initial draw of at least $25,000. You can take advantage of the lower introductory rate as long as you haven’t obtained an intro rate in the past five years; your CLTV is below 75 percent; you draw $25,000 initially and maintain that balance for one year; and set up auto-payments.
Note: Bethpage Federal Credit Union doesn’t offer HELOCs to borrowers in Texas.
How to get started
If you’re interested in applying for a HELOC from Bethpage Federal Credit Union (and already a member), you can request a call from a loan officer online, call 855-330-6630 or visit a branch. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.