Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs)

Overview

Rates as low as 4.50% variable APR on HELOCs1
(rate includes discount of 1.00% for automatic payment and $50,000 initial draw)

Apply between July 1 and September 30 and set up automatic payments to enjoy:

  • A 0.50% interest rate discount when you take an initial advance between $35,000 and $49,999 when that minimum balance is maintained for at least the first three billing cycles.2 
  • A 1.00% interest rate discount when you take an initial advance of $50,000 and above when that minimum balance is maintained for at least the first three billing cycles.2
  • Bank-paid closing costs for lines of credit of up to $500,000.3 
  • Recent non-discounted rates range from 5.50% to 10.88% variable APR. 

Features

HELOC features

You can use a HELOC for a variety of purposes, including home improvements, major purchases (appliances, cars, RVs, boats, etc.), refinancing your existing mortgage,2 debt consolidation,3 and miscellaneous expenses. With a HELOC, you’ll enjoy features including:

Easy-to-access funds

Access your credit line whenever you need funds with four convenient options: a Visa® Platinum Credit Card, convenience checks, by phone or in branch. (Visa® Platinum Credit Card is not available to make draws in Texas.)

Competitive rates

Enjoy a competitive adjustable rate, with monthly payments that vary based on the rate and your outstanding balance. 

Interest-only payment options

Opt to make interest-only payments during the draw period. Interest-only payments may result in a lower monthly payment. However, your monthly payment will likely increase after the draw period ends. 

Fixed-rate advance

Choose to "lock in" up to three portions of your line of credit at a fixed rate, with fixed monthly payments. With a fixed-rate advance, you can pay down interest and principal, so funds become available for use again. A $75 fee is charged for each fixed-rate advance and is waived for your first transaction.1

Bank-paid closing costs

Speak with a banker to see if you qualify for special bank-paid closing costs. You may qualify if your line of credit is between $10,000 and $500,000 and certain conditions are met.4

Potential tax benefits

Potentially lower your tax bill when you deduct interest paid on your year-end taxes. (Please note that tax laws regarding the deductability of interest paid on HELOCs have recently changed. Consult a tax advisor regarding the potential deductability of interest and charges.)

Terms & Eligibility

Important HELOC terms

Annual Fee

A $75 annual fee is charged on the first anniversary of the line and every year thereafter (not applicable in Texas).

Fixed-Rate Advance Fee

A $75 fee is charged for each fixed-rate advance taken and is waived for your first transaction.

Minimum Required Periodic Payment

During the draw period, the minimum monthly payment will be an amount sufficient to pay accrued finance charges at the applicable APR, plus any principal balance in excess of the credit limit, subject to a minimum payment of at least $75. During the repayment period, the minimum monthly periodic payment will be an amount sufficient to repay the outstanding balance in principal and interest payments over the remaining term at the applicable APR.

Term Draw Period

Your draw period may last up to 10 years. Please speak with a banker to determine the draw period for your HELOC.

Repayment Period

  • 15 years if the balance owed is $20,000 or more
  • 10 years if the balance owed is less than $20,000

Maximum Interest Rate Cap

Maximum APR for all HELOCs will not exceed 18%.

How does a home equity line of credit work?

Have questions about how HELOCs work? Consult this guide to applying, borrowing, and paying down a home equity line of credit.

Comparison Chart

Is a home equity loan or HELOC right for you?

Want to make the equity in your home work for you? Compare our home equity loans and HELOCs to determine which option is a good fit for your situation.

Features HELOC Home Equity Loan

Fixed or Variable Rate

Variable APR, with option to lock in a fixed rate for three portions of the line of credit

Fixed rate, with fixed monthly payments

Disbursal of Funds

Funds available as you need them

Funds disbursed as a lump sum

Bank-Paid Closing Costs

Available if you qualify

Available if you qualify

Potential Tax Benefits

Yes

Yes

Interest-Only Payment Option

Yes

Yes

How to Apply

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Find a Location

Call 1-844-443-2282

Apply Now

Find a Location

Call 1-844-443-2282

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

What is a HELOC?

A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a revolving line of credit that uses your home as collateral. A HELOC works much like a credit card—allowing you to draw approved credit at any time during a specified draw period.

Monthly payment amounts are based on the outstanding line balance and when payments are made, credit becomes available again.

How does a HELOC work?

A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a line of credit you get based on the amount of equity you have in your home, your creditworthiness, and your debt-to-income ratio.

Interest Rate: The interest rate on a HELOC is adjustable, meaning it changes periodically to reflect market conditions.

Terms: A typical term for a HELOC is 20 years with a draw period of 10 years, during which time you can access your credit as you need it up to the limit.

During the draw period, you will only pay interest on the balance (not principal); therefore, your monthly payment will change based on your outstanding balance. During the draw period, you will regain access to your credit up to the limit when you pay down your balance, much like a credit card.

Repayment: The second phase of a HELOC is the repayment period during which you can no longer draw on your line and must start paying back your balance plus interest.

What can I use a HELOC for?

You can use your funds for a variety of purposes, including home improvements, major purchases (appliances, cars, RVs, boats, etc.), refinancing your existing mortgage, debt consolidation, and miscellaneous expenses.   

Is a HELOC secured or unsecured debt?

A home equity line of credit is secured by the equity in the borrower’s home; therefore, it is considered secured debt.

How much equity is required for a HELOC?

Most lenders require borrowers to maintain 10-20 percent of their equity after taking out a home equity loan or line.

For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $200,000 on your first mortgage, based on 10-20 percent loan-to-value ratio, you could borrow between $40,000 and $70,000. Of course how much you can borrow also depends on your creditworthiness and your debt-to-income ratio.

How does a HELOC affect my credit score?

A home equity line of credit will appear on your credit report as a revolving line of credit. A HELOC is considered a “secured” line of credit, which can make it more favorable to credit agencies than a credit card or unsecured line of credit.

What matters most is how you manage your line of credit. Missing or late payments can have a negative impact on your score, as can maxing out your available credit.

Can I get a HELOC if I have a mortgage?

Yes, you can if you have enough equity in your home to borrow against. If you have not built sufficient equity in your home you likely not be able to qualify for a HELOC.

What’s more, many lenders prefer that you have your mortgage for at least a year or two before you can apply for a home equity loan or line of credit.

If you do have sufficient equity and acceptable credit, you can qualify for a HELOC while also having a mortgage. In fact, home equity loans and lines are often referred to as “second mortgages.”

Can I get a HELOC with an FHA loan?

The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) doesn’t offer home equity lines of credit. However, if you have an FHA loan and build up enough equity in your home, you can apply for a HELOC from another lender.

Details you need to make a smart decision

All HELOC applications are subject to program eligibility, underwriting, and collateral requirements and approval, including credit approval. Property insurance required, including flood insurance where applicable. Certain property types are not eligible collateral. Available only to California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Alabama and Florida residents.

1Interest Rate: Variable Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based on The Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (“Prime”) (5.000% on 6/15/2018) plus a margin as identified in your credit agreement.  APR will vary with Prime.  Recent non-discounted APRs range from 5.50% to 10.88%.  Your rate will depend on a number of factors, including your credit history.  Your APR will not exceed 18% or go below 3.50% at any time during the term of your account. Prime may change at any time and is subject to change without notice.  Contact us for current rates. 

2Rate Discount: For applications received between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018, and which close on or before November 15, 2018, discounted margins are available in the following amounts if you set up and maintain automatic payments from a BBVA Compass deposit account and take minimum draws within 15 days of account opening when that minimum balance is maintained for at least the first three billing cycles: (1) a margin discount equal to 0.50% will apply for initial draws between $35,000 and $49,999; and (2) a margin discount equal to 1.00% will apply for initial draws of at least $50,000. Discounted margins are subject to forfeiture upon borrower becoming 60 or more days past due or upon failing to meet one of the above requirements after closing. This offer may not be combined with any other promotional discount, but may be combined with Bank-paid closing costs. Discount offer is not available for line increases on existing BBVA Compass HELOCs.

3Closing Costs: BBVA Compass will pay for all closing costs on new home equity products with amounts ranging from $10,000 to $500,000. Credit requests for less than $10,000 or more than $500,000 shall be subject to actual closing costs incurred and permitted by law. Bank-paid closing costs are subject to recoupment from borrower(s) if loan is paid off within 2 years (not applicable in Texas). Closing costs vary by state and typically range from $675 on a $10,000 credit line to $11,114 on a $1,000,000 credit line. Texas closing costs typically range from $935 to $7,339 depending on credit line amount.

Additional Information: A $75 annual fee is charged on the first anniversary of the line and every year thereafter (not applicable in Texas).  A $75 fee is charged for each fixed rate conversion option that is exercised, waived for the first transaction. Texas HELOCs: BBVA Compass cannot use a customer’s home equity funds to pay (in part or in full) BBVA Compass non-homestead debt at account opening. Minimum draw in Texas is $4,000. In order to use convenience checks to make draws, borrower must submit request for convenience checks to BBVA Compass. VISA Platinum Credit Card is not available to make draws in Texas.

Debt Consolidation: The relative benefits you receive from loan consolidation will vary depending on your individual circumstances. If your Home Equity Loan or Line has a longer term than the bills you are consolidating, you may not realize savings over the entire terms of your Home Equity Loan or Line.

BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, a member of the BBVA Group. Compass Bank, Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #402936   Rev. 07/2018