People’s United Bank: 2021 Home Equity Review

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People’s United Bank is a community-based bank in New England, with locations in several states, including Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. The bank has been expanding in recent years, acquiring several banks and finance organizations to expand its reach in the Northeast. One of these banks was United Bank, a Connecticut-based company previously reviewed on this page.

People’s United Bank offers two home equity products for New England homeowners: home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Both products have a fairly broad range of loan amounts and repayment terms, making them a good choice for borrowers who prioritize flexibility in a home equity lender.

People’s United Bank’s home equity product rates and terms vary by location. The details presented below are based on the Hartford, Connecticut, area.

People’s United Bank snapshot

Loan types offered Home equity loan, HELOC
APR range HELOC: 3.50% to 18% (with autopay)
Loan amount range HELOC: $25,000 to $750,000
Minimum credit score required Not specified
Repayment terms HELOC: 9.5-year draw period and 20-year repayment period
Average time to approval Not specified

Loan details will vary by location. Loan terms and APRs presented are based on the 06002 ZIP code.

Benefits

There are many reasons to consider People’s United Bank for a home equity loan or HELOC. Here are some of the top benefits:

  • Fixed-rate HELOC option: If you take out a HELOC with the company, you may switch your balance (or even just a portion of it) to a fixed rate with the bank’s SelectLock option for a $50 fee. You must convert at least $10,000, but you may have up to three outstanding SelectLock balances open at any given time.
  • Fewer fees: You won’t pay any application fees or closing costs on either of the bank’s home equity products. Plus, there’s no origination fee on a HELOC from People’s United Bank.
  • Larger loan amounts: If you qualify, you can borrow as much as $750,000 with a People’s United Bank home equity loan or HELOC — which is on the higher end for lenders.

Drawbacks

It’s also important to consider the disadvantages of the home equity products from People’s United Bank, including:

  • Only available in the Northeast: Although People’s United Bank is expanding its reach with the acquisitions of local banks, it only serves customers in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
  • Limited information about eligibility available online: You might have a hard time determining if you’re eligible for a home equity product, since the lender doesn’t advertise credit or income requirements online. To find out if you’re eligible, you’ll need to complete an application or contact a bank representative.
  • Fees apply if you aren’t a bank customer: Unless you have a checking account with People’s United Bank, you’ll need to pay a $75 annual fee on your HELOC.

Types of fees charged

People’s United Bank doesn’t charge application fees or closing costs. However, the bank’s home equity loans do come with a one-time $195 origination fee (paid at closing).

If you take out a HELOC, there are a few additional fees you should know about. First, there’s a $75 annual fee unless you have a People’s United Bank checking account. There’s also a $500 prepayment fee if you close your account within two years of the date on your note. When you first take out your HELOC, you may also be on the hook for third-party fees, including title insurance, mortgage tax and appraisal fees.

Loan products offered

People’s United Bank offers home equity loans and home equity lines of credit. There are a few similarities between the two products, but there are also some key differences.

Home equity loans

Qualified applicants can get a home equity loan between $20,000 and $750,000, with repayment terms of five, 10, 15 and 20 years. Your APR will vary depending on your loan amount, your repayment terms and whether your loan is a first lien or a second lien.

Home equity loans from People’s United Bank come with a fixed rate, which currently starts at 4.83 percent in some areas.

Home equity lines of credit

If you’d prefer to receive money on an as-needed basis rather than in a lump sum, then a HELOC could be a better option for you. With People’s United Bank, HELOCs are available from $25,000 to $750,000, and the minimum APR is 3.5 percent. The draw period is nine and a half years, with a repayment period of 20 years. During the draw period, People’s Bank imposes a minimum draw of $500.

People’s United Bank HELOCs come with a variable rate, meaning that it will go up and down during your draw period. But if you’d rather have more stability, you can use the bank’s SelectLock option to convert to a fixed rate for a $50 fee. You may have up to three fixed-rate balances open at once, and the minimum amount for each lock is $10,000.

How to qualify for a home equity loan with People’s United Bank

People’s United Bank doesn’t outline its income or credit score requirements on its website. To check if you qualify, you’ll need to submit an online application or get in touch with the bank.

The bank does specify, however, that your property must be one of the following in order to qualify for a home equity loan or HELOC:

  • A primary residence (with one to four units).
  • A second home (with one unit).
  • A condominium.

How to get started

Applying for a home equity product through People’s United Bank is pretty straightforward. The easiest way to do it is through the bank’s online portal, where you’ll be asked to provide information such as:

  • Your details, including your name, birthdate, marital status and Social Security number.
  • Your current income sources.
  • Your other properties or investments.
  • Your outstanding debts.
  • The purpose and estimated amount of your home equity loan or HELOC.

You can also speak with a People’s United Bank representative by calling 1-855-782-5363. If you’d rather complete an application in person, visit one of the hundreds of People’s United Bank locations across New England. Representatives are available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How Bankrate rates People’s United Bank

Overall Score 4.2
Availability 3.2
Affordability 4.5
Customer Experience 5.0

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