Home Equity Loans / HELOC

Put your home to work for you

As a homeowner, you can use your home's equity as a borrowing tool and leverage the value you've built through years of mortgage payments. If you have property in Texas, a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC) can be an economical way to obtain a low-rate loan.

To speak to the Mortgage Department, call 210-945-3300, select option 3, then option 2.

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What to expect during the home equity loan process


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Apply

Complete the home equity loan application online. Within two business days, you will be contacted by a loan officer and notified regarding your eligibility.

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Complete paperwork

Sign required disclosures to start the state-required 12-day cooling off period. During this time, you can also work to collect and provide any additional documentation. Your loan officer will communicate these needs to you, but the list typically includes items like proof of insurance, a current mortgage statement, income and assets.

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Finalize your loan

Your loan officer will provide a closing disclosure for your review three days prior to closing. You will need to close your loan at a title company, an attorney's office or an RBFCU branch. Following this, your funds will be disbursed after three days.


Home equity loan vs. HELOC: Which option is right for me?

Home equity loan

HELOC


How funds are disbursed + -

Home equity loan

Get immediate access to a one-time lump sum of money. This is the best option if you know the exact amount you need.

HELOC

Not sure about the amount you need? A HELOC is a great option if you need access to funds over a period of time.

How to use my equity + -

Home equity loan

Debt consolidation, refinance, tuition, small home improvement loan

HELOC

Emergencies, ongoing home improvement, pay off debt, semester-based tuition, flipping houses

Terms + -

Home equity loan

Term options include 4, 7, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years

HELOC

Draw period of 10 years with up to a 15-year repayment period

Fees and payments + -

Home equity loan

Minimal closing costs for loans under $125,000, no application fee and no prepayment penalties

HELOC

Minimal closing costs for loans under $125,000, no application fee and no prepayment penalties

Tax deduction options + -

Home equity loan

Interest may be tax-deductible

HELOC

Interest may be tax-deductible

Calculators

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FAQs

  • How long does it typically take to get a home equity loan?
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    It normally takes 45 days to close on a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC). RBFCU will do everything we can to close the loan as soon as possible.

  • Is there a limit on how big my home equity loan can be?
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    The maximum amount for a home equity loan will depend on the value of your home and the balance of any other mortgages. The maximum loan to value is 80 percent.

  • Can I get a home equity loan on my vacation or investment property?
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    Texas has unique requirements for taking equity out of your primary residence homestead. The term “home equity” loans refers to lending on primary residences only. However, we may be able to assist you with a different product such as a cash-out refinance using your vacation or investment home as security for the loan. Contact one of our loan officers for additional information.

  • How do I know if my home equity loan is tax deductible?
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    In some instances, interest on a home equity loan may be tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor for more information.

  • How do I pay off my home equity loan if I sell my home?
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    Upon the sale of your home, the proceeds or portion of the proceeds from the sale will be used to pay off the home equity loan.

“This was the easiest and fastest loan ever! I had no problems and it went so smooth. Thank you RBFCU!”

Still have mortgage questions?

Under Texas law, the maximum amount you can borrow with any Home Equity Loan or a HELOC is 80% of your home's appraised value. All RBFCU mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. Home Equity Loans and HELOCs are available on your primary residence only. Loans subject to credit approval. Rates and terms are for illustrative purposes only and are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions apply. Your specific rate and term will be dependent upon your credit rating, collateral value, amount financed, lien position and other factors. Borrower will be responsible for certain closing costs which may include title insurance, appraisal fee, and survey costs. Hazard insurance is required, including flood insurance, if applicable. Sample “Estimated Payment per $10,000” listed does not include amounts for taxes, insurance and similar items, if applicable. Actual payments will be higher. NMLS #583215