Fifth Third Bank: 2023 Home Equity Review
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About Fifth Third Bank
$10,000-$500,000 for HELOC; $10,000-$250,000 for home equity loan
Min. credit score
Home equity loan: 10 to 30 years HELOC: 10-year draw period and 20-year repayment period
Funds available in
Fifth Third Bank features
Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of Fifth Third Bank home equity loans.
Fifth Third Bank overview
Fifth Third Bank is a full-service bank that traces its roots back to 1858 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where it’s still headquartered. The bank provides home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and home equity loans in 11 states to customers.
Fifth Third Bank snapshot
|Home equity loan types||Home equity line of credit (HELOC)
Home equity loan
|Loan amounts||$10,000-$500,000 for HELOC
$10,000-$250,000 for home equity loan
|Credit score minimum||Undisclosed|
|Repayment terms||10-year draw period and 20-year repayment term for HELOC; 10 years to 30 years for home equity loan|
|Average time to approval||Undisclosed|
How Bankrate rates Fifth Third Bank
To create our Bankrate Scores, we evaluated lenders based on availability, affordability and customer 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. Customer experience was assessed based on online application and account availability, customer support, auto payment availability and mobile app availability and ratings.
- If you prefer a HELOC from Fifth Third over a home equity loan but don’t want the uncertainty of a variable interest rate, you can lock in a fixed rate at any time — just pay a $95 fee to convert some or all of your balance and unlock it at any time for free.
- Whether you prefer in-person service or help from a distance, you get your pick of customer support either online, over the phone or at a local branch.
- Unlike many home equity lenders, Fifth Third doesn’t allow you to fill out an application online; you’ll have to call the bank or visit a branch. You might also have to visit a branch before closing.
- Fifth Third’s HELOCs and home equity loans are only available to borrowers in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. You’ll also need an eligible checking or savings account with the bank to qualify.
Types of fees charged
Fifth Third doesn’t charge any closing costs for its home equity products. There is, however, an annual fee of $65 for HELOCs after the first year, although eligible Preferred checking customers can get that waived. If you want to switch your HELOC interest rate from variable to fixed, you’ll need to pay a $95 fee. Additionally, if you’re using a condo to secure your home equity loan, you might have to pay a Condominium Questionnaire fee of up to $600.
Home equity loan products offered
Fifth Third Bank offers both HELOCs and home equity loans. HELOCs are available to borrowers who have an existing checking or savings account with the bank. Lines can range from $10,000 to $500,000. You’ll make interest-only payments for the 10-year draw period, then payments on interest and principal for the following 20-year repayment period.
When you use the debit card tied to your HELOC, you’ll earn one rewards point for every $3 you spend. You’ll also get a rewards bonus of 5,300 points after your first qualifying purchase. Points are worth 1 cent apiece and can be redeemed for cash back.
HELOCs also come with the option of a fixed rate lock, meaning you can lock all or part of your HELOC balance if you want to take advantage of a low rate. The cost for each lock is $95, but you can have up to three locks active at the same time.
Like the HELOC, Fifth Third’s home equity loan is available to customers with an existing checking or savings account. You can borrow between $10,000 to $250,000 with a repayment term of 10 years to 30 years. To get the best rate, you must have a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio no higher than 70 percent on a primary, owner-occupied residence in the second lien position.
How to qualify for a home equity loan with Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bank doesn’t disclose any of its eligibility requirements online. Typically for home equity products, you’ll want to have a credit score in the mid-600s or above and a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of no higher than 43 percent.
Note: You can only apply for a home equity product if you live in one of the 11 states where Fifth Third operates: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. You must also hold an eligible checking or savings account with the bank.
How to get started
You can start the application process for a Fifth Third HELOC or home equity loan online, though you’ll need to complete the application over the phone or in person. You can also apply entirely over the phone at 1-866-351-5353 or at a local branch. Fifth Third representatives are available by phone Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.