Dear Friends

There’s a growing trend among lenders that I feel compelled to tell you about.

Several major lenders are freezing withdrawals from Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) – and I don’t want you to be caught off guard by this development.

Don’t Get Burned by the HELOC Freeze

HELOCs, though secured by your real estate, are treated by lenders as consumer credit. And just as a lender can revise the terms of your credit cards, or even cancel them, the same can be done with your HELOC.

Previously, HELOC withdrawals were usually only frozen for reasons such as bankruptcy, declining credit and payment problems.

While these events can still cause a freeze, there’s another factor that lenders are considering more often today: the value of your property. You should be aware that the lender retains the right to suspend or reduce the line of credit available if your property value falls below the appraised value used to originate the loan. Lenders are actively assessing properties and then suspending access for account holders who have seen a downward slide in their home value.

If you’re in a market that has seen real estate values decline, then access to your HELOC may be at risk. Your financial security and success are my highest priority. Please call me for a Lender Referral to discuss your options in this rapidly changing marketplace.