Prosper: 2021 Home Equity Review

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Founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, Prosper was the first peer-to-peer lender in the United States. Over the years, it has helped over 1 million customers borrow $18 billion.

Prosper launched its home equity line of credit (HELOC) product in 2019. So far, it’s available in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.

The online application is easy. Potential borrowers will get a personalized rate quote within minutes and funds delivered in just a few weeks.

Prosper snapshot

Loan types offered HELOC
APR range 3.99% to 10.35% (with autopay)
Loan amount range Up to $1 million
Minimum credit score required 640
Repayment terms 1- to 10-year draw period and 10- to 15-year repayment period
Average time to approval Same day

Benefits

There’s a lot to like about Prosper and its product. Here are some things to be aware of before applying:

  • Instant rates: With Prosper’s online application, you’ll instantly get a personalized rate quote after answering a few basic questions — desired loan amount, current income and location — without it affecting your credit score.
  • No prepayment penalty: If you’re able to pay off your HELOC early, you won’t get stuck with a penalty fee.
  • Quick funding: After filling out the online application, most customers receive funds via direct deposit in just a few weeks.

Drawbacks

While there are many benefits to Prosper, there are also some drawbacks. Here are a few:

  • Annual HELOC fee: After the first anniversary of your HELOC, you will be charged an annual fee of $75 (not applicable in Texas).
  • Limits on covered closing costs: Prosper will cover closing costs on HELOCs ranging from $10,000 to $500,000, but only if you draw $10,000 within the first 30 days. Also, if you pay back your HELOC within two years, you’ll have to pay back any closing costs.
  • Limited availability: Prosper’s HELOC is currently available only in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.

Types of fees charged

There are no application or origination fees on Prosper’s HELOC. During the application and closing process, you’re responsible only for the cost of an additional appraisal on your home if necessary.

After the first anniversary of your HELOC, you will be charged an annual fee of $75. You’ll also be charged a $25 fee for any late payments; in Texas, the late fee is 5 percent of the minimum payment amount or $15 (whichever is less).

If Prosper covered your closing costs and you close your HELOC within two years, the costs will become your responsibility and will be added to your principal.

Loan products offered

Prosper’s HELOC was launched in 2019, and currently it’s only available in seven states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas. The minimum amount you can borrow varies by state, but you won’t be able to borrow any more than 85 percent of your home’s equity.

As with most HELOCs, you’ll pay just interest during the draw period, but with Prosper, this monthly payment has a minimum amount of $75.

Your APR will be based on the prime rate plus a margin based on several factors, including your credit score and payment history. Current APRs range from 3.99 percent to 10.35 percent. Your APR has a ceiling rate of 18 percent and will never go below 2.5 percent during your loan. A 1 percent discount is offered if you set up automatic payments from a BBVA account. For applications received by April 30, 2021, and closed by July 31, 2021, borrowers can receive an additional discount of 0.5 percentage points on draws of $35,000 to $49,999 or 1 percentage point on draws of at least $50,000.

During your HELOC draw period, you can convert a line from a variable rate to a fixed rate. You can have up to three fixed-rate balances at a time, and you can only request two within a one-year period. After your first conversion, any time you convert to a fixed-rate option, you’ll be charged a $75 fee.

The amount of time you have to pay back your HELOC will depend on the amount you borrow. If your outstanding balance is less than $20,000 after the draw period, you will have a 10-year repayment schedule; for amounts greater than $20,000, you’ll have 15 years to pay off the balance.

How to qualify for a home equity loan with Prosper

Prosper doesn’t have any specific borrower requirements, but most of its customers have a minimum credit score of 640. Since it doesn’t pull a hard credit inquiry when you fill out the initial application, you can apply and see your rate instantly without it negatively affecting your credit score.

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How to get started

To apply for Prosper’s HELOC, you need to fill out an online application. The initial application asks for information about how much you want to borrow, your income and your location. Within minutes, you’ll have a personalized interest rate offer; this initial application does not affect your credit score. If you want to proceed, you’ll move on to the next part of the application. Most borrowers receive their funds via direct deposit in just a few weeks.

You can also email Prosper at support@propser.com (just don’t share any personal information this way) or call Prosper’s Home Equity Team at (800) 954-2172 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT.

How Bankrate rates Prosper

Overall Score 4.2
Availability 4.1
Affordability 4.3
Customer Experience 4.3

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