Note: Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Citi has suspended applications for new HELOCs.
Citi was founded in 1812 and now serves as one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Headquartered in New York, the bank operates nearly 700 branches in the U.S. and more than 1,800 overseas. Citi offers several financial products, from credit cards to wealth management. Previously, Citi offered both home equity loans and home equity lines of credit to qualified borrowers.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Citi is no longer offering home equity loans or lines of credit. Borrowers looking to take advantage of their home’s equity can still do so with Citi’s:
- Rate-and-term financing.
- Cash-out refinancing.
You can get a custom rate and apply for these mortgages by requesting a call from an agent via Citi’s website or by visiting a branch.
Benefits of cash-out refinancing
Because Citi is not currently offering home equity products, borrowers who want to work with Citi to utilize their home equity should consider the lender’s cash-out refinancing option. This option allows you to utilize your home’s equity to pay for large purchases and consolidate debt. A cash-out refinance could also help you get a bigger tax deduction since mortgage interest is tax-deductible.
Cash-out refinancing is the process of replacing your existing mortgage with a new loan. The amount of cash you take out is added to the loan balance and then the difference is paid out to you in a lump sum payment at closing.
Other home equity options
Cash-out refinancing is a great way to utilize your home’s equity if you want to work with Citi specifically. However, if you are open to working with other lenders, home equity loans and lines of credit are typically the best options for getting the most out of your home’s equity for certain needs.
Bankrate has compiled rate tables assessing home equity line of credit rates in December 2021 and home equity loan rates for December 2021. These articles include details about the pros and cons of home equity loans and HELOCs as well as an up-to-date assessment of the best lenders for each product. The rate tables allow you to enter your details and narrow down lenders to find the best option for you.
Note: The following reflects the terms of Citi’s HELOC and home equity loan products, which are currently unavailable due to the impact of COVID-19.
|Loan types offered||Home equity loan, HELOC|
|APR range||Home equity loan: 6.59% to 8.79% (with autopay)
HELOC: 4.09% to 6.99% (with autopay)
|Loan amount range||Home equity loan: $25,000 to $300,000
HELOC: $10,000 to $1,000,000
|Minimum credit score required||Not specified|
|Repayment terms||Home equity loan: 5 to 30 years
HELOC: 10-year draw period, 20-year repayment period
|Average time to approval||Not specified|
Here are some of Citi’s biggest benefits:
- High borrowing limits: Borrowers are able to take out up to $1 million with Citi’s home equity line of credit and up to $300,000 with its home equity loans.
- No application or closing cost fees for HELOCs: Citi doesn’t charge any application fees or closing costs on its home equity lines of credit or home loans, although you may receive a discount if you elect to pay closing costs.
- Rate discount opportunities: Customers who opt to automatically deduct payments from a Citibank deposit account can qualify for a rate discount. Citi doesn’t specify how much of a rate discount is available.
- Interest-only payment option on HELOCs: Citi offers an interest-only payment option during the draw period on its home equity lines of credit. With many other lenders, you must make a minimum payment in addition to any interest accrued.
Citi isn’t the right option for everyone. Here are a few of its downsides:
- High minimum loan amount: Home equity loans from Citi have a minimum borrowing limit of $25,000, which may be too much for some borrowers. HELOCs have a lower minimum of $10,000.
- Annual fee: Citi charges an annual fee of $50 for its HELOCs during the draw period unless you are a Citigold or Citi Priority customer at the time of account opening. Many other lenders have begun waiving all fees, including annual fees.
Types of fees charged
There are no application or origination fees for HELOC products or home loans. While the lender doesn’t charge closing costs for its home equity lines of credit, customers who opt to pay them receive a rate reduction. Closing costs for HELOCs through Citi can range from approximately $680 to $38,000, depending on your location.
Citi’s HELOC product has an annual fee of $50 during the draw period, unless the property is located in Texas. But no annual fee is charged if you’re a Citigold or Citi Priority customer, or if you’re an employee of Citigroup or its subsidiaries.
It may charge an early closure release fee if you close your HELOC or home equity account within 36 months of opening an account to recover any costs associated with originating your loan.
Loan products offered
In addition to its mortgages and refinance options, Citi offers competitive home equity loans and two different types of HELOCs.
Home equity loan
Fixed-rate home equity loans from Citi start at 6.59 percent APR. In order to receive the lowest rates, borrowers must be Citibank customers with a Citigold Account Package or Citi Priority Account package, be enrolled in autopay and have an “excellent” credit score.
Customers can borrow $25,000 to $300,000, with repayment terms ranging from five to 30 years.
Citi will order an appraisal to determine the value of your property before approving you for a loan. You can decide at closing how to receive your funds — by wire transfer, direct deposit or check.
Citibank offers two types of HELOCs: one with a principal and interest draw period and one with an interest-only draw period.
You need $200,000 or more in personal assets with Citi in order to be eligible for the interest-only draw period. The requirement moves up to $1 million if your assets are not held at Citi.
Both types of HELOC offer variable rates as low as 4.09 percent APR. As with Citi’s home equity loan product, borrowers must be Citibank customers with a Citigold Account Package or Citi Priority Account package and be enrolled in autopay in order to receive the lowest rates. Customers must also take out an initial draw of at least $25,000 and close on a line amount of at least $100,000 for the most attractive rates.
Lines of $10,000 to $1 million are available for Citi’s HELOC products, with a 10-year draw period and a 20-year repayment period.
How to qualify for a home equity loan with Citibank
While Citi doesn’t advertise its eligibility requirements, you will likely need good to excellent credit to be approved for a home loan or line of credit from Citi, as well as a low debt-to-income ratio.
Applicants will also need to provide proof of financial information, go through a home appraisal and submit other documents at the lender’s request.
How to get started
You can apply for Citi home equity product online, by phone at 877-362-9100 or by visiting a branch. Here’s what the home equity process looks like through Citi:
- Apply online, by phone or in person.
- Submit required documentation to the lender, including tax statements, pay stubs, bank statements and details about the property you own.
- Get an appraisal and title report. Citibank will order an appraisal to determine the value of your property. It will also order a title report to verify that you own the property. Citi uses a local and approved licensed appraiser to complete the appraisal of your property.
- If you are approved, Citi next verifies your employment and homeowners insurance.
- Close on your home equity loan. You’ll need to present a photo ID and sign paperwork.
- Receive your funds.
Current customers can also log in to their online account to chat with Citi.
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