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What is a Home Equity Line of Credit?
More and more lenders are offering home equity lines of credit (often referred to as a HELOC). A HELOC is a revolving line of credit that is secured using your home as collateral. Typically, equity is determined by the difference of the value of your home less any current loan amount(s) that are secured by the home as well.
By using the equity in your home, you may qualify for a specified amount of credit, which would be calculated based on a loan to value ratio that may vary with each program. The line of credit would then be available for use for a period of time (draw period), at an interest rate that is relatively low when compared with other types of consumer loans. When determining the line of credit limit, the lender will also consider your ability to repay, by looking at your income, debts, and other financial obligations, as well as your credit history. Furthermore, under the tax law - depending on your specific situation* - you may have the added benefit of deducting interest you pay because the debt is secured by your primary residence.
Is a HELOC right for me?
If you are in the market for credit, a home equity plan may be right for you. Because the home is likely to be a consumer's largest asset, many homeowners use their credit lines only for major items such as education, home improvements, or medical bills and not for
day-to-day expenses. Before making a decision, you should weigh carefully the costs of a home equity line against the benefits.
Northern Skies offers two types of Home Equity loan solutions. The Mini HELOC allows you to borrow up to $15,000.00 without any equity in your residence. A standard HELOC provides a more generous loan amount based on your home’s value. Closing costs with each type are minimal and since this is a revolving credit line, it can be used over and over again for up to five years. We strive to offer accommodating repayment terms that work uniquely for you.
*Please consult with your tax professional.
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Northern Skies is a strong advocate of life-long learning. We’re excited to offer the Richard Buzby Scholarship opportunity to aspiring college students in our membership. This scholarship was established in 2015, awarding its first scholarship in 2016. While the scholarship program is still young, Northern Skies has been able to help five of our members to pursue their educational goals.
Applications are available here on our website or in our branches to members continuing their education at an accredited college or vocational school as well as senior high students in the process of applying for admission.