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HSBC: 2023 Home Equity Review

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3.8
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
Bankrate Score
  • Availability
    Rating: 3 stars out of 5
  • Affordability
    Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
  • Customer Experience
    Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

About HSBC

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    Loan amount

    Up to $250,000

  • Credit Good

    Min. credit score

    Not specified

  • Rates

    Repayment terms

    5 years to 20 years for fixed-rate option

  • Funds available in

    Not specified

HSBC features

Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of HSBC home equity loans.

HSBC Bank overview

HSBC Bank is a multinational financial services company headquartered in London. Its U.S. subsidiary operates from New York City, offering banking and other services, including a home equity line of credit (HELOC). The bank’s HELOC (referred to as a “Home Equity Line of Choice”) comes with generally competitive interest rates and low costs, but you’ll need to be a banking customer that meets certain requirements in order to take advantage of one.

Amplify Credit Union snapshot

Home equity loan types Home equity line of credit (HELOC)
Loan amounts Up to $250,000
Credit score minimum Undisclosed
Repayment terms 5 years to 20 years for fixed-rate option
Average time to approval Undisclosed

How Bankrate rates Amplify Credit Union

Bankrate Score 3.8
Affordability 4.2/5
Availability 3.0/5
Borrower experience 4.3/5

Methodology

To create our Bankrate Scores, we evaluated lenders based on availability, affordability and borrower 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. Borrower experience was assessed based on online application and account availability, customer support, auto payment availability and mobile app availability and ratings.

Benefits

  • HSBC Bank’s HELOCs come with a lower introductory variable APR for the first 12 months, then a higher variable rate based on creditworthiness, existing relationship with the bank, state of residence and other factors. The bank doesn’t charge an application or annual fee, but you might be responsible for some fees if you cancel your account early.
  • HSBC allows you to convert some or all of your HELOC balance to a fixed-rate loan, up to three times. Doing this locks in your interest rate, protecting your budget from potential future rate increases.

Drawbacks

  • HSBC Bank’s HELOC is only available to customers who already have acceptable balances, direct deposits or a mortgage with the bank.
  • You can request a call from an HSBC loan officer online, but there’s no option to apply on your own through the bank’s website.

Types of fees charged

You won’t pay an application fee or annual fee for an HSBC HELOC, and the bank covers the closing costs on the line of credit unless you close your account within three years. (If you do, you’ll be responsible for a $500 or $750 fee, depending on where you live, plus any taxes.)

Notably, HSBC offers discounts on HELOC interest rates: a 0.25 percent reduction if you draw at least $25,000 at closing; and a 0.25 percent reduction if you set up automatic payments as a Premier checking customer.

Home equity loan products offered

HSBC Bank offers HELOCs to banking customers. The bank doesn’t provide fixed-rate home equity loans, although there’s an option to convert your HELOC balance to a fixed rate. (You can do this up to three times, and repayment terms range from five years to 20 years.)

With the HELOC, you can access a credit line of up to $250,000 depending on your situation. You’ll start with an introductory variable APR for one year, then another variable APR kicks in for the remainder of the draw period and repayment term.

You’ll have two payment options: principal and interest, or interest-only. With the former, you’ll pay principal and interest during both the draw and repayment terms. With the latter, you’ll make interest-only payments during the draw period (in other words, lower payments), then pay principal and interest during the repayment term.

How to qualify for a HELOC with HSBC Bank

HSBC Bank evaluates your credit score, debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, employment, income and property-related information to determine eligibility for a HELOC.

Importantly, you’ll also need to have a banking relationship to qualify, either: at least $75,000 in deposits and/or investments; at least $5,000 in direct deposits a month; or a mortgage for $500,000 or more. 

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. A loan officer will then reach out to you to continue the process. If you have questions, you can call 844-472-2684 (844-HSBC-MTG) or utilize the bank’s live chat feature.