Put another way: It’s the amount of your home’s value you don’t owe to a lender

Put another way: It’s the amount of your home’s value you don’t owe to a lender

Convertible HELOC

Your HELOC may already have a conversion option; some even give you more than one chance to convert during the life of the loan.

Keep in mind this may not be a great deal. The fixed-rate repayment period after the conversion may be longer, stretching out interest payments over a longer period of time. Also, at times, a variable interest rate is preferred to a fixed rate. And a convertible HELOC may charge higher fees.

Still, this is an option worth considering if you’d like a hybrid between a variable-rate HELOC and a fixed-rate HELOAN.

  • Is there a charge for the conversion? If so, how much is it?
  • Will I be able to use the remaining credit available on the line after a conversion?
  • Does the loan convert to a new fixed loan (for example, with a 30-year term), or is the balance amortized over the remaining term of the existing loan?
  • How many times can I convert? Read more