If you own a home, using the equity you have built up may be one of the most cost-effective ways to lower your borrowing costs. In many cases, home equity lines of credit can offer you a lower interest rate as compared to other types of loans while providing you with access to credit for unexpected expenses or home improvement projects. It’s yours to use however you wish!
You may be able to borrow against the equity in your home to finance other needs such as a home renovation, debt consolidation, college tuition and more. You can generally borrow up to 80% of the appraised value of your house.
Advantages of a Home Equity Line of Credit
1. You can access up to 80% of your home’s value
In Canada, you can access up to 80% of the value of your home through a home equity line of credit. However, it’s also important to remember that your outstanding mortgage loan balance + your HELOC cannot equal more than 80% of the value of your home
2. Your HELOC funds will be available through a revolving line of credit
With a home equity line of credit, the entire credit available is not advanced upfront. Instead, you can use as much or as little of the HELOC as you choose, and you only pay interest on the amount you withdraw. You can reborrow whatever you pay back.
3. You make interest-only payments
If you are using any portion of your home equity line of credit, you will need to make a monthly payment. Your contractual payment is interest only; however, you can pay as much as your budget allows without any penalties.
An Equity line of credit is good to have in the event something unexpected comes up. Talk to one of our experts to determine what type of Equity Line of credit is right for you.
THE HOME BUYING PROCESS
Required Mortgage Documents Checklist
- Current employment and amount of income such as:
- Copy of recent pay slips
- Evidence of recent pay deposited electronically
- T1 General and associated Notice of Assessment (NOA)
- Previous employment (if required)
- Additional income sources (if any)
- Savings or investments statement from within the last 90 days
- Sale of an existing property – a copy of the sale agreement
- Withdrawal from RRSP through the Home Buyer’s Plan, if applicable
- Gift Letter
- A list of current assets and liabilities
- Bank account and transit number for payments
- Your CIBC Pre-Approved Mortgage Certificate, if applicable
- A copy of the real estate listing
- A copy of the accepted purchase and sale agreement
- The property’s full address, including legal description and postal code
- Property tax estimates, condo fees and heating costs, (usually available on the real estate listing)
- For rural properties, well and septic certificates
- Lawyer’s name, address, postal code, telephone and fax number