Essential Information About Using Your HELOC
Have questions about how HELOCs work? You've come to the right place. Navy Federal makes it easy for you to get the information you need regarding your mortgage account. We offer comprehensive digital banking* tools and help you navigate and manage your loan data.
How Do I Sign Up for Automatic Payments?
To enroll in Easy Pay for your HELOC, please complete and submit the authorization form via online banking or using the instructions on the form. Please note—all HELOC automatic payments must be deducted on the first of each month.
How is my interest rate calculated?
On a HELOC, the interest is calculated using the following formula:
Average daily balance * interest rate / 365 * number of days in the billing cycle
The average daily balance can be located on your monthly billing statement. Your interest rate is equal to the Prime Rate plus a margin, which can be found in the terms of your Note. The Prime Rate fluctuates and can either increase or decrease your total HELOC interest rate, but your margin won't change. When the Prime Rate changes, it would show on your bill in 2 months, because HELOC interest is paid in arrears. For example, if the Prime Rate changes in May, it takes effect for June and would show on your July bill.1
When are payments applied to my HELOC balance?
Funds are applied to your HELOC based on the time of the month they're received. If we receive the funds after the current monthly payment has been paid and before the next periodic statement has been generated, they'll be applied to the principal balance of the HELOC. If funds are received after the next periodic statement is generated, the payment will be applied toward the periodic statement as outlined in the HELOC agreement. HELOC periodic statements typically generate on the 5th of each month or earlier, if the 5th isn't a business day.
How do I pay down or pay off my HELOC loan?
What's the difference between a paydown and a payoff?
A paydown is when the HELOC is paid to a zero balance, but it remains open for future use. A payoff is when the entire balance and fees are paid, the HELOC is closed, the lien is released and the credit line cannot be used again in the future.
Why was my HELOC frozen?
A HELOC may be frozen for a few different reasons. When we freeze a HELOC, we'll mail a letter detailing the reason for the freeze to the address on file. If you have additional questions, please contact the Collateral Risk Department by phone at 1-800-243-9334, option 5, by email to Collateral_Risk@navyfederal.org or by signing in to your Navy Federal account to send us an eMessage. To unfreeze your HELOC, all borrowers on the loan must submit a written request to initiate the freeze appeal and review process.
What's the difference between a draw period and a repayment period?
The draw period is the time during which you may advance funds from the HELOC. For standard HELOCs, the monthly payment during the draw period is the greater of 1% of the new statement balance or $100.00. For interest-only HELOCs, the payment during the draw period only includes the monthly interest charge. The repayment period begins once the draw period ends. During this time, advances are no longer allowed, and you'll make monthly payments until the loan is paid in full or the maturity date is reached. For standard HELOCs, the payment is 2.5% of the balance during the repayment period. For interest-only HELOCs, the payment is 1.75% during this time. At the maturity date, any remaining balance on the HELOC must be paid in full.
How can I access the funds in my HELOC?
For quick access to your HELOC funds, we suggest using our Home Equity Line Platinum Card. It works like a regular credit card and is tied to your existing HELOC. To request a card, call us at 1-888-842-6328 or visit a branch.
You can also access your HELOC funds by taking out a cash advance or with a check. If you need to pay by cash or check, call us at 1-888-842-6328 or visit a branch.
Home Equity Lines of Credit are variable-rate lines. Rates are as low as 8.750% APR and 9.750% for Interest-Only Home Equity Lines of Credit and are based on an evaluation of credit history, CLTV (combined loan-to-value) ratio, line amount, and occupancy, so your rate may differ. The plan has a minimum APR of 3.99% and a maximum APR of 18%. Members who choose to proceed with an Interest-Only Home Equity Line of Credit may experience significant monthly payment increases when the line of credit enters into the repayment phase. For line amounts of up to $250,000, closing costs that members must pay typically range between $300 and $2,000. Closing costs are costs paid to third parties rather than an application or origination fee retained by Navy Federal. The closing costs depend on the location of the property, property type, and the amount of the Equity Line. Rates are subject to change—information provided does not constitute a loan commitment. You must carry homeowners insurance on the property that secures this plan. Home Equity Lines of Credit are not available in Texas. Applications for a Home Equity Line of Credit include the Home Equity Line Platinum Credit Card. Checks are available as an additional or alternative access to funds. Please refer to your Guide to Benefits for further details about the Home Equity Line Platinum Credit Card.↵