During the height of the housing bubble, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) were an extremely popular way for homeowners to tap into their home equity to fund a variety of purchases, such as home improvements and education expenses. In fact, $265 billion in outstanding HELOCs were originated between 2005 and 2008. (Source: Experian, May 2015) Unfortunately, many homeowners who took out HELOCs during this time period now find themselves bracing for a cash crunch as these loans enter their repayment phases.
What is a HELOC?
A HELOC is a revolving line of credit based on the amount of equity in your home. With a HELOC, you can borrow what you need (up to the maximum allowed) when you need it (subject to any time limit on the borrowing period--typically 10 years). With a HELOC, you can use the line of credit while making interest-only payments.
What is the "repayment phase"?