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Home Equity Basics

What’s the difference between a home equity loan and home equity line of credit?

A home equity loan is a lump sum of money, received all at once to cover a large expense – like home improvement projects. Compare that to a home equity line of credit, which works more like a credit card.

When borrowing against your home equity, consider whether a continuing source of funds (home equity line of credit) or lump sum (home equity loan) will best help you achieve your goals.

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Home Equity Line of Credit

Tap into the equity in your home when you need to with a reusable line of credit.

Home Equity Loan

Cash out and make the most of your home's value with a single large loan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Home equity is the market value of a homeowner’s interest in their real estate property. It is calculated by determining the current fair market value of the home, minus the amount you owe toward its mortgage payment or other loans secured by the home.
Loan funds will be deposited directly into the designated checking or savings account shortly after loan closing. Line of credit funds can be accessed through Commerce Online Banking transfers, with account checks, by calling our 24-hour information line (800-453-2265) or coming into a branch.
Use your loan or line of credit for whatever you need, such as home improvement, college tuition, debt consolidation. You can also pay off credit cards or other major expenses.
Your Home Equity Specialist will walk you through the entire process and provide you with an approximate time to close and what you’ll need for a home equity loan or home equity line of credit
Home Equity Loan: A home equity loan is a lump sum of money that you borrow against the equity in your home. Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and what you owe on any loans secured by the home, such as a mortgage loan. You can obtain a home equity loan using your home equity as security, generally without paying bank fees at closing. You can use that money to cover a large expense like home improvement projects.

Mortgage Refinance: A mortgage refinance loan pays off the remaining balance of your existing home loan and replaces it with a new mortgage loan. This is different from a home equity loan because it replaces your existing mortgage with another mortgage instead of being an additional lien on your home. You may refinance your home to borrow additional money for expenses or to receive a lower interest rate. Unlike a home equity loan, there are generally bank fees associated with refinancing.

For more information consult our home equity specialists.
Consult your tax advisor for your unique situation, but the interest may be tax deductible.
A home equity loan offers a fixed rate, while the rate on a home equity line of credit is variable – or based on an index plus a margin. Visit our home equity loan or line of credit product pages to see the current rates.
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