HSBC: 2020 Home Equity Review

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HSBC is a multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. Its U.S. subsidiary operates from New York City, and it offers banking and other financial services, including a home equity line of credit, in all 50 states.

HSBC’s HELOC comes with competitive interest rates and low costs, especially if you have an established relationship with the bank.

HSBC snapshot

Loan types offered HELOC
APR range Starting at 3.67% (with autopay)
Loan amount range Up to $1 million
Minimum credit score required Not specified
Repayment terms Not specified
Average time to approval Not specified

Benefits

Before you apply for any financial product, it’s important to know both the benefits and drawbacks. Here’s what to know about an HSBC HELOC:

  • Competitive interest rates: The lender offers an introductory variable APR as low as 1.74 percent for the first 12 months, then rates as low as 3.67 percent based on your creditworthiness, existing relationship with HSBC, state of residence and other factors. According to Bankrate, the average HELOC rate is 5.35 percent, as of early June 2020.
  • Low costs: The lender doesn’t charge an application or annual fee. Also, if you borrow $500,000 or less, you won’t have to pay any closing costs at all. Even if you borrow more than that, the bank carries most of the load. You may, however, be on the hook for some fees if you cancel your account early.
  • Fixed-rate option: The HELOC has a variable interest rate. However, HSBC allows you to convert some or all of your HELOC balance to a fixed-rate loan. Doing this can lock in your interest rate and protect it from increasing in the future.

Drawbacks

HSBC’s HELOC also has some downsides, including:

  • No online application: You can share your information online to get a call from a mortgage consultant, but there’s no option to apply on your own through the bank’s website.
  • No home equity loan option: While you can convert some or all of your HELOC balance to a fixed-rate loan, the bank doesn’t offer a separate home equity loan product, which can be better if you want an installment loan instead of a revolving line of credit.

Types of fees charged

There are no application costs and no annual fee for an HSBC HELOC. Also, there are no closing costs if you borrow $500,000 or less. If you’re borrowing more than that, you’ll be on the hook for 50 percent of title insurance costs and any mortgage tax-like fees; HSBC will cover the rest.

There’s no prepayment penalty. But if you close your account within three years, you’ll be assessed a termination fee of $500 or $750, depending on where you live, plus any mortgage tax-like fees HSBC paid on your behalf at closing.

HSBC offers two opportunities to get a discount on your interest rate. When you close, you’ll get a 0.25 percent discount if you make a draw of $25,000 or more. You’ll also qualify for a 0.50 percent discount if you set up automatic payments as a Premier checking customer or 0.25 percent if you have an Advance or Personal checking account.

Loan products offered

HSBC offers several options for buying and refinancing a home, and it also allows you to tap your home equity with a HELOC.

In most states, there’s no minimum for how much you can borrow, and you can get up to $350,000 or $1 million, based on your relationship with the bank. As for interest rates, you’ll start with an introductory variable APR as low as 1.74 percent for the first 12 months. After that, rates start as low as 4.55 percent APR based on your creditworthiness, existing relationship with HSBC, state of residence and other factors.

The HELOC has two payment options: principal and interest, or interest-only. With the former, you’ll pay principal and interest during both the draw and repayment periods. With the latter, you’ll make interest-only payments during the draw period then pay principal and interest during the repayment period.

You’ll also have the option to convert some or all of your HELOC balance to a fixed-rate loan. You can do this up to three times, and repayment terms range from five to 20 years.

How to qualify for a home equity loan with HSBC

To see if you qualify for a HELOC with HSBC, the lender will evaluate your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, employment, income and property-related information.

You also need to be an existing banking customer with HSBC. And while you don’t need to have a certain type of checking account to qualify, different levels come with different benefits.

To qualify for a larger autopay discount and higher loan amounts, you’ll need to be a Premier checking customer. To qualify for Premier status, you’ll need to meet one of the following requirements with the bank:

  • Have at least $75,000 between your deposits and investments.
  • Have at least $5,000 in total direct deposits per month.
  • Have a mortgage loan with an original loan amount of $500,000 or higher.

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How to get started

You can’t apply for an HSBC HELOC online. But you can start the process through the bank’s website by providing some information about yourself. More specifically, you’ll share your name, contact information, desired loan amount and purpose, ZIP code, and when you’re planning to apply.

Once you submit this information, an HSBC mortgage consultant will reach out to you to continue the process. If you have questions about the bank’s HELOC, you can call and speak with a representative at 855-527-8400. You can also utilize the bank’s live chat feature.

You’ll need the following information on hand to share with the mortgage consultant:

  • Social Security number or tax identification number.
  • Date of birth.
  • Email address.
  • Monthly mortgage/rent payment amount.
  • Annual income, employment information and other income sources.
  • Property information, including address, purchase date and price, estimated value, mortgage holder, outstanding balance, monthly payment, taxes, insurance and all names on the deed.

Before you apply for a HELOC with HSBC, take some time to shop around for home equity options from other lenders as well. While this process can take time, it can help you compare features and terms and ensure that you get the best deal that you qualify for.

How Bankrate rates HSBC

Overall Score 3.9
Availability 3.0
Affordability 4.8
Customer Experience 4.0

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