A home equity line of credit (HELOC) from Bank of America can help you pay for major expenses without disrupting your financial strategies. With a HELOC, you have the flexibility to access the funds on demand during the draw period, up to your available credit limit. A HELOC generally has lower interest rate than credit cards or personal loans because it’s secured by your home.
How to use a HELOC
A HELOC can be used to pay for things like:
How HELOCs work
- HELOCs come with a 30-year term: an initial 10-year borrowing period followed by a 20-year amortized repayment period.
- Borrow as much or as little as you need during the draw period, up to your line of credit limit.
- Easily transfer funds directly from your HELOC to your Bank of America deposit accounts.
- Convert all or a portion of your outstanding variable-rate HELOC balance to a fixed rate with the Fixed-Rate Loan Option.2
- There are no closing costs for credit lines up to $1,000,000 and there is no annual fee to keep the line in place.
- There is no prepayment penalty for paying down the loan faster than the payback period.
- Special discounts are available.3
- Lower your interest rate when you set up automatic payments at account opening from your Bank of America checking or savings account; by drawing and maintaining an initial qualifying balance for at least the first three billing cycles; and when you're enrolled in Bank of America's Preferred Rewards program at the time of application submission.4
Contact your Merrill financial advisor about whether a HELOC might be appropriate for you.
Things to consider
- What are your current cash flow needs, and do you have enough to cover an upcoming large expense?
- Do you own and have equity in a home?
- How would your investment approach be affected by a major expense?
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1 The relative benefits of a loan for debt consolidation depend on your individual circumstances. For example, you may realize interest payment savings by making monthly payments toward the new, lower interest rate loan in an amount equal to or greater than what was previously paid toward the higher rate debt(s) being consolidated.
2 Fixed-Rate Loan Option at account opening: You may convert a withdrawal from your home equity line of credit (HELOC) account into a Fixed-Rate Loan Option, resulting in fixed monthly payments at a fixed interest rate. The minimum HELOC amount that can be converted at account opening into a Fixed-Rate Loan Option is $5,000 and the maximum amount that can be converted is limited to 90% of the maximum line amount. The minimum loan term is 1 year, and the maximum term will not exceed the account maturity date.
Fixed-Rate Loan Option during loan term: You may convert all or a portion of your outstanding HELOC variable-rate balance to a Fixed-Rate Loan Option, resulting in fixed monthly payments at a fixed interest rate. The minimum outstanding balance that can be converted into a Fixed-Rate Loan Option is $5,000 from an existing HELOC account. The minimum loan term is 1 year, and the maximum term will not exceed the account maturity date. No more than three Fixed-Rate Loan Options may be open at one time. Rates for the Fixed-Rate Loan Option are typically higher than variable rates on the HELOC.
HELOC funds may not be used to purchase, carry or trade securities or repay debt incurred to purchase, carry or trade securities.
3 Lower your interest rate when you set up automatic payments at account opening from your Bank of America checking or savings account; by drawing and maintaining an initial qualifying balance for at least the first three billing cycles; and when you're enrolled in Bank of America's Preferred Rewards program at the time of application submission.
4 Preferred Rewards Program Eligibility: You can enroll, and maintain your membership, in the Bank of America Preferred Rewards program if you have an active, eligible personal checking account with Bank of America® and maintain the balance required for one of the balance tiers. The balance tiers are $20,000 for the Gold tier, $50,000 for the Platinum tier, $100,000 for the Platinum Honors tier, $1,000,000 for the Diamond tier and $10,000,000 for the Diamond Honors tier. Balances include your combined, qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts (such as checking, savings, certificate of deposit) and/or your Merrill investment accounts (such as Cash Management Accounts, 529 Plans). You can satisfy the combined balance requirement for enrollment with either:
a three-month combined average daily balance in your qualifying deposit and investment accounts, or
a current combined balance, provided that you enroll at the time you open your first eligible personal checking account and satisfy the balance requirement at the end of at least one day within 30 days of opening that account.
After enrollment you must maintain the three-month combined average daily balance to stay in the program. Refer to your Personal Schedule of Fees for details on accounts that qualify towards the combined balance calculation and receive program benefits. Eligibility to enroll is generally available three or more business days after the end of the calendar month in which you satisfy the requirements. Benefits become effective within 30 days of your enrollment, or for new accounts within 30 days of account opening, unless we indicate otherwise. Bank of America Private Bank clients qualify to enroll in the Diamond Tier regardless of balance, and may qualify for the Diamond Honors tier based on their qualifying Bank of America, Merrill and Private Bank balances. Certain benefits are also available without enrolling in Preferred Rewards if you satisfy balance and other requirements. For details on Bank of America employee qualification requirements, please call Employee Financial Services or, visit refer to the Bank of America intranet site. Employees of companies participating in the Bank of America Employee Banking and Investing Program may be eligible to participate on customized terms. Refer to CEBI Program for details.
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