Maximizing Your Home's Value: Making an Informed Decision on HELOCs for Roof Financing

Making an Informed Decision on HELOCs for Roof Financing

Maximizing Your Home's Value: Making an Informed Decision on HELOCs for Roof Financing

A home equity line of credit. Or HELOC. Most homeowners have heard this term. Many may not understand its significance and how it impacts their decision-making when financing a home improvement project (in particular, a new roof). A HELOC has a functional role in today’s marketplace. However, it isn’t a cure-all. Considering a homeowner’s unique circumstances, a HELOC might not be the optimal roof financing solution. But then again, it might. It just depends.

Roof Financing With A Home Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC)

Often, homeowners needing access to liquid funds to augment the purchase of their new roof replacement will rely upon a home equity line of credit (HELOC). A HELOC leverages the built-up equity in a home. Equity is determined by the home’s current market value minus the amount a homeowner owes to the lender via a mortgage (or series of mortgages). Naturally, a home’s equity varies from month to month and year to year.

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Identifying 7 Benefits Of Securing A HELOC To Pay For A New Roof

Borrow funds when you need them. Instead of a lump sum distribution, a homeowner can extract the cash required for a new roof and not overextend themselves.

Some lending alternatives contain onerous terms and conditions (such as “hidden” charges) that can unexpectedly “surprise” a borrower – not so with a HELOC.

Once the HELOC is in place, a borrower can procure funds (via a check, a cash transfer, or a linked credit card) from the HELOC virtually the same day.

Many financing alternatives require monthly repayment almost immediately. A HELOC delays (and extends) the repayment of principal and interest over a longer time.

Most lending institutions will offer homeowners more attractive (market) interest rates than other borrowing options like credit cards and personal loans.

Any interest payment to the lender in a given year may qualify as a tax deduction for a homeowner looking to save, reducing their annual taxable income.

Lenders can screen borrowers through the prequalification steps within minutes. The actual application process can often be facilitated on the same day.

Exploring 10 Drawbacks With Using A HELOC For Roof Financing

As a borrower, you extract funds during the draw period. Once it ends, you may have a balloon payment that could place immediate financial stress on your budget if you lack the funds.

This factor is tricky to decipher. The market value of your home changes over time. It goes up. It goes down. If it drops in value when you intend to sell, you may have a repayment issue.

Application fees. Appraisal fees. Closing costs. Annual fees. Required minimum balance penalties. Late payment penalties. Typically, HELOCs have many additional expenses.

More than any other consideration, understand that, in general, HELOCs do not provide fixed interest rates. You are subject to interest rate increases, even substantial hikes.

Moving forward with a HELOC, you tie up most or all of your availability equity. If you need other financing for unrelated expenses, collateralizing your home may not be an option.

Securing a HELOC works well if you intend to remain in your home for an extended time. However, a HELOC makes less financial sense if you have short-term plans to sell your home.

Unlike other lending alternatives with fixed (and predictable) monthly payments on a schedule, a HELOC may have variable (and less predictable) monthly payments that adjust routinely.

Incurring a large amount of debt (even through a HELOC) can negatively impact your credit utilization ratio. This calculation is a crucial factor in determining your credit score.

If you do not have a history of responsibly managing your household finances, a HELOC presents a risk of overdrawing funds compared to their intended purpose.

As the name (“home equity”) suggests, the financing institution will require you to place your home as collateral to ensure compliance with the HELOC terms and conditions.

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Alternative Financing Options: Working Through A Roofing Company

At Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows, we offer homeowners a viable alternative to a HELOC. You can obtain financing for your new roof directly from us. Borrowing with us (through our preferred lending partner) affords you access to the following attractive financing terms:

  • 0% interest rate if paid in full within 18 months
  • Loans available for up to 11 years at reasonable/reduced rates
  • Fixed interest rates for long-term financing options
  • Fast approval process to secure financing

To take advantage of the opportunity to lock in financing with Midwest Roofing, Siding and Windows, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you

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