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What are the requirements to get a home equity line of credit? See this video for more information.
What are the requirements to get a home equity line of credit? It’s really not that different from getting a mortgage, but you do need to understand that a home equity line of credit is a bank product. It is a private product. The bank is going to keep that on their books. Where mortgages, 99.3% of all mortgages taken out in 2014 were government backed or insured. Anytime you get a mortgage, that lender or bank has to satisfy the guidelines that the Federal Government passes down. These would be through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, or USDA. Our home equity line of credit is what’s called a Non-QM Loan. It is a Bank Loan. It is their product. They set their own guidelines and policies of what they require in order for you to qualify.
A good rule of thumb is if you qualify for a mortgage, you will qualify for a home equity line of credit. Some of these banks don’t even have a minimum credit score that they look at. They’re looking at the total health of the file. Some that do publish credit scores we’ve seen as low as 610. As high as 700. To be honest with you, it’s all over the board. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. It’s good because if you can’t get qualified for a mortgage, there might be an opportunity for you to get qualified for a home equity line of credit. It’s bad because there’s no uniformity. I can’t tell you across the board what it takes to qualify for a home equity line of credit, but you do need positive cash flow. You need decent credit.
Sometimes it would help to have some equity, about 10%. Although there’s quite a few banks out there that do 100% financing. We would recommend that you have at least 10% financing because most banks go up to 90% loan to value. If you liked that video, be sure to like it here, subscribe to our channel. Take care. God bless.
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