Frost Bank: 2021 Home Equity Review

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Frost Bank was established in 1868 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. The bank is only licensed to operate in Texas; it has 159 financial centers across the state.

The lender offers several personal loan options, which include home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs).

Loan types offered Home equity loan, HELOC
APR range Home equity loan: Starting at 4.74% (with autopay)
HELOC: 3.74% to 18% (with autopay)
Loan amount range Home equity loan: $2,000 to 80% of home’s value
HELOC: $8,000 to 80% of home’s value
Minimum credit score required Not specified
Repayment terms Home equity loan: 7 to 20 years
HELOC: 10-year draw period and 10-year repayment period
Average time to approval Not specified

Benefits

Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy if you decide to use one of Frost Bank’s home equity loan products:

  • No closing costs: For home equity loans, there are no closing costs if your loan amount is between $2,000 and $500,000. If you borrow over $400,000 with a HELOC, you might encounter closing costs.
  • No fees: There are no application fees or annual fees for home equity loans and HELOCs. Also, there are no prepayment fees for either option, so you can repay your loan early without being charged extra.
  • Rate discount for automatic payment: If you make automatic payments with a Frost savings or checking account, you’ll get a rate deduction of 0.25 percent. The only time this doesn’t apply is if your mortgage is paid off and your loan request is greater than $250,000.
  • Competitive interest rates: Compared with the current average rates for home equity loans — 6.37 percent, according to Bankrate data — Frost has a good starting interest rate. As of March 2021, the lowest advertised APR on its website for home equity loans is 4.49 percent.

Drawbacks

Here are some of the potential drawbacks you’ll encounter when applying for a home equity loan product with Frost Bank.

  • Deposit account may be required: For home equity loans, you don’t need a deposit account with Frost. However, if you get approved for a HELOC, a deposit account will be required upon closing.
  • Only available in one state: Since the lender only operates in Texas, you can’t take out a home equity loan or HELOC with this bank if you live in another state.

Types of fees charged

With Frost Bank, you don’t have to worry about paying prepayment fees, application fees or annual fees. In addition, you can avoid closing fees in most cases. However, if you take out a home equity loan greater than $500,000 or a HELOC greater than $400,000, you might have to pay closing costs.

Loan products offered

Frost Bank offers fixed-rate home equity loans and variable-rate HELOCs. For home equity loans, the minimum borrowing amount is $2,000. If you take out a HELOC instead, the minimum borrowing amount is $8,000. The maximum amount you can borrow for both options is up to 80 percent of your home’s appraised value.

Applicants can choose from a variety of repayment terms with the home equity loan option; terms range from seven to 20 years. However, HELOCs only have one repayment term available: borrowers have a 10-year draw period where they are only responsible for paying interest and a 10-year repayment period where principal and interest payments are due.

How to qualify for a home equity loan with Frost

Frost Bank doesn’t list criteria for income, credit score or debt-to-income ratio on its website. However, according to a representative, there is no minimum credit score requirement and the maximum debt-to-income ratio is 50 percent. Although you don’t need to have a bank account with Frost to take out a home equity loan, you’ll need to open a deposit account there for a HELOC at the time of closing. In addition, the combined loan to value ratio must be 80 percent or less.

How to get started

To get started, you can apply for a home equity loan through Frost’s website or by dialing 866-376-7889 to speak with a banker. According to the website, the online application process takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Here’s some information the lender may need from you:

  • Name
  • Homeowners insurance amount
  • Property tax amount
  • HOA dues amount
  • Flood or wind insurance
  • Social Security number
  • Value of property
  • Income
  • Driver’s license
  • Tax returns

If you’re applying by telephone, the lender may require that you estimate your income. However, if you apply online, the lender might require you to upload your tax returns and other documents.

Once you’re approved, you can close your loan at one of the bank’s financial centers if your loan amount is less than $500,000.

How Bankrate rates Frost Bank

Overall Score 4.4
Availability 4.1
Affordability 4.8
Customer Experience 4.5

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Written by
Jerry Brown
Contributing writer
Jerry Brown is a contributing writer for Bankrate. Jerry writes about home equity, personal loans, auto loans and debt management.