Republic Bank: 2020 Home Equity Review

Republic Bank and Trust

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Republic Bank was founded in 1982 in Louisville, Kentucky, and now operates in five states: Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The bank offers various financial products and services, including home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs.

To get information on what’s available, however, you’ll need to reach out to the bank directly via phone, visit a local bank branch or apply online.

Republic Bank snapshot

Loan types offered Home equity loan, HELOC
APR range HELOC: Starting at 3.25%
Loan amount range HELOC: Up to $250,000
Minimum credit score required Not specified
Repayment terms Not specified
Average time to approval Not specified

Benefits

Some of Republic Bank’s biggest benefits are:

  • Competitive interest rates: The HELOC has an ongoing variable rate as low as 3.25 percent. According to Bankrate, the average HELOC interest rate is 4.76 percent as of early August 2020.
  • Solid HELOC amounts: You can borrow up to $250,000 or a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 80 percent — a fairly standard amount for a HELOC.

Drawbacks

Republic Bank does come with a number of drawbacks, including:

  • Not much publicly available information: Republic Bank doesn’t provide any information publicly for its home equity loan, and eligibility requirements, loan terms and other features are missing online for the HELOC. If you want to avoid having to call or visit a branch while shopping around, consider a different lender.
  • HELOC fees: Republic Bank charges a $50 annual fee after the first year, and there may be a prepayment penalty if you pay off your HELOC early.

Types of fees charged

You may qualify for no closing costs on a HELOC if you have your primary checking account with the bank. If the account goes inactive or you close it during the HELOC’s repayment term, however, the bank will assess a $500 fee.

Republic Bank also charges a $50 annual fee on the HELOC after the first year, and there may be a prepayment penalty (but you’ll need to call to find out if that applies to you).

For interest rates, the HELOC starts at 3.25 percent APR. While this rate is variable, it will never rise beyond 18 percent.

Loan products offered

Republic Bank offers several mortgage products, including purchase and refinance loans, as well as home equity loans and HELOCs.

If you’re looking for a home equity loan, you’ll need to call the bank or visit a local branch. If you’re interested in a HELOC, you can borrow up to $250,000, although you’ll need to call to find out the minimum loan amount. There’s also a CLTV limit of 80 percent.

The bank doesn’t disclose its repayment terms publicly for either product. However, if you have a HELOC, the minimum monthly payment is $50 or the amount of accrued interest, whichever is greater. If you just make the minimum payment, however, it may not be enough to pay down the balance, which can result in a balloon payment.

How to qualify for a home equity loan with Republic Bank and Trust

Republic Bank doesn’t share any borrower requirements publicly, so it’ll be tough to know whether you have a chance of getting approved unless you call or apply. The bank does state that there are geographic restrictions; you’ll have to enter your ZIP code on the website to find out if its home equity products are available in your area.

How to get started

To apply for a HELOC online, you’ll start by creating an account with Republic Bank with your email address and a password.

You’ll then need to provide information about yourself, including your name, phone number, address and marital status, as well as information about your property. You’ll also need to provide more in-depth information about your assets, income, the property and more.

If you get approved for a HELOC, you’ll receive a Republic Bank Equity Access Card to make using your line of credit more convenient.

Before settling on Republic Bank, shop around and compare options from multiple lenders. Many home equity lenders offer full transparency on their home equity loans and HELOCs online.

If you want a home equity loan or HELOC with Republic Bank because you already bank with the lender or you’re willing to take the extra time to gather information, start the process on its website. You can also call and speak with a representative at 866-758-3970 or email easysupport@republicbank.com.

How Bankrate rates Republic Bank and Trust

Overall Score 3.8
Availability 3.2
Affordability 4.3
Customer Experience 4.0

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