Relief Options for Members Affected by Winter Storm
RBFCU is here to offer support to you and your family if you have been affected by the winter weather crisis. If you are a current RBFCU member facing financial difficulties because of damages you and your family have sustained, please let us know.
Discounted rates on Signature Loans
To provide you with funds you may need to make repairs or get back on your feet during this difficult time, RBFCU is offering members a discounted rate as low as 6.000% APR on a 12-month Signature Loan.1
To apply for this loan, sign in to your Online Banking account and apply for a 12-month Signature Loan by March 14, 2021.
If you’re not a member, you can complete a loan application now and apply for membership prior to finalizing your loan.
Skip-A-Payment on an existing loan
RBFCU is also offering members with existing consumer loans the option to skip this month’s payment, if you have not used the Skip-A-Payment option more than twice in the previous seven months.2
To take advantage of this offer, sign in to your Online Banking account and click the “Skip-A-Pay is available” for the loan you wish to skip between Feb. 25, 2021 and March 31, 2021.
Note: Your previous payment must be satisfied before you’re eligible to skip your payment.
What to do if your home requires extensive repairs not covered by insurance
If your home requires extensive repairs, an economical option may be to use its equity as a borrowing tool. You can leverage the value you’ve built through years of mortgage payments to apply for a low-rate home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC).3
If you do not currently have equity built up in your home, a home improvement loan4 can give you the financing you need to move forward with desired improvements. In order to secure a home improvement loan, you will be required to hire a contractor and provide a contract agreement outlining the improvements and showing the cost. If improvement work has already begun on your property, you may not be able to secure a home improvement loan and may want to seek a different financing method (like a home equity or Signature loan).
Texas homeowners who are facing the task of making repairs to their house following a storm or disaster are also particularly susceptible to scams from “fly-by-night” contractors. Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming the victim of a scam.
Home Equity Loans vs. Home Improvement Loans: Which should I choose?
You are required to have at least 20% equity.
You may apply for the loan with limited to no equity.
A home equity or HELOC can be used for small home improvements with or without a contractor, and also for debt consolidation, refinance or tuition.
A home improvement loan can only be used for home improvements requiring a contractor.
Term options include 4, 7, 10 and 15 years. See payment examples.
There are minimal closing costs for loans under $125,000. There are no application fee and no prepayment penalties.
There are closing costs.
Start your project before or after you apply for the loan.
No work can begin prior to the loan’s closing.
You may, but a contractor is not required to take out the loan.
You will be required to hire a contractor and provide a contract agreement outlining the improvements and showing the cost. If improvement work has already begun on your property, you may not be able to secure a home improvement loan and may want to seek a different financing method.
If you have other needs, please contact us. We may be able to work with you and offer additional options that will provide you with a little more peace of mind.
Thank you for your membership. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
1Loans are subject to credit approval. Some restrictions may apply. This rate is valid for new, 12-month Signature Loans only and is not valid for refinancing a current Signature Loan. Your monthly payment for the above loan terms would be approximately $87 per $1,000.
2For qualified members only. To ensure accurate processing of your deferral request, it should be received no later than seven days prior to your loan payment due date. By accepting this offer, you acknowledge that interest will continue to accrue on the outstanding balance of your loan, the maturity date will be extended and your regular payment will resume in the month following your skipped payment. Your final due date will be extended each time you accept a Skip-A-Payment and it is approved/processed. Four weekly, two bi-weekly or two semi-monthly payments will be treated as equal to one monthly payment. You must submit your request through Online Banking for payment deferral to occur. For members who have Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP), claim coverage may not extend the amount of payment deferred and/or extend the length of the GAP contract. If you purchased Credit Life and Disability for your loan, claim coverage will not cover the amount resulting from accrued interest of payment(s) skipped during the life of this loan as well as any extension of dates impacting the Termination Age stated in the original payment schedule. We reserve the right to decline any request for any reason. Loan payments and rates stay the same and there is no fee or penalty to skip your payment. Payments will resume in the month following your skipped payment and unpaid interest will be collected first. Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU) is not responsible for starting or stopping ACH transactions originated at another financial institution. RBFCU is not responsible for starting or stopping any payments originated through an electronic bill pay service. If your payments are made by automatic transfer from another financial institution, please notify them regarding any ACH transactions associated with this account. If your loan is scheduled to be paid by an electronic bill pay service (i.e., Bill Pay, CheckFree, etc.), it is your responsibility to stop the payment so it does not process for the month you wish to skip. RBFCU is not responsible for any fees incurred on overdrawn accounts or assessed late payment fees. Skip-A-Payment is not available on real estate-related loans, business accounts, Mastercard® credit cards and lines of credit through this promotion.
3Total debts against the homestead, including HELOCs, are limited to 80 percent of the fair market value of the homestead. 30-year term only available for first liens. Borrower will be responsible for certain closing costs. If required, these closing costs may include title insurance, appraisal fee and survey costs. Hazard insurance is required. Home Equity Loans and HELOCs are subject to credit approval. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. All RBFCU mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. Home Equity loans and HELOCs are available on your primary residence only. As a safeguard, a 12-day cooling-off period is required by Texas law before Home Equity Loans or HELOCs may be closed. There is also a three-day right of rescission after closing before the funds may be disbursed. Minimum loan amount for a Home Equity Loan is $4,000. For HELOCs, a minimum $4,000 draw amount is required. HELOC Minimum Payment Requirements: Your minimum monthly payment will be calculated after each credit advance, and will be $14.00 per $1,000.00 of the outstanding balance after each advance rounded up to the nearest $1,000.00. Your payment amount will remain the same unless you obtain another credit advance. We will recalculate your payment each time you obtain an advance. Ex: a HELOC with $50,000 balance will require a $700 payment at the time of the draw ($50,000 balance ÷ 1,000 = 50 x $14 = $700). NMLS #583215.
4Loans subject to credit approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. RBFCU mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. As a safeguard, a 5-day cooling-off period is required by Texas law before home improvement loans may be closed. A 3-day right of rescission is also required after closing before the funds may be disbursed. NMLS# 583215