Better: 2024 Home Equity Review
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$50,000-$500,000 for HELOC
Min. credit score required
3-year draw period (interest-only), 7-year hold period (interest-only) and 20-year repayment period
Funds available in
Less than 24 hours
Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of Better home equity loans.
- With a Better HELOC, you might be able to access up to 90 percent of your home’s equity.
- Along with primary residences, Better allows borrowers to take out HELOCs on a second home or investment property.
- At closing, you’re required to draw at least $50,000 or 75 percent of your credit line limit, whichever is greater. (On a $500,000 line, that equals $375,000.)
- To get the lowest possible rate, you’ll need to take a minimum line of $150,000, among other qualifying factors.
Home equity loan products offered
Home equity loan products offered Better offers home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) between $50,000 and $500,000 (up to 90 percent of your equity). You can withdraw funds for three years, during which time you’ll only pay interest. Following those three years, you’ll enter a “hold” period of seven years in which you’ll continue to make interest payments, but can no longer draw funds. After that, you’ll enter a 20-year full repayment period. You’ll need to draw a considerable portion of your equity line at closing: the greater of either $50,000 or 75 percent of the total credit line. As with most HELOC products, the rates on Better’s line of credit follow the prime rate.
Types of fees charged
Better doesn’t charge any fees for a HELOC, according to a company representative. That said, you might be able to pay points (up to 5 percent of the credit line) in exchange for a lower rate. You’ll also be responsible for closing costs such as appraisal, credit report and recording fees.
How to qualify for a HELOC with Better
To get the absolute best rate on a HELOC from Better, you’ll need a high credit score of at least 780 and a combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratio of no more than 64 percent, and to take out a credit line of at least $150,000.
How to apply with Better
You can apply for a HELOC from Better through the lender’s website. You’ll need to set up an account to do so.
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