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A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a revolving credit line secured by your home equity.
When taking out a HELOC, you’ll want to know certain dates, including the end-of-draw date and the maturity date. The maturity date on a HELOC marks when you can no longer access your credit line, and you must begin repaying the outstanding principal balance plus interest.
If you tap your home equity, it’s important to know the maturity date on your HELOC.
In this guide:
- Does the maturity date mean my HELOC is paid off?
- When will my HELOC reach maturity?
- Where can I find my HELOC maturity date?
- How might my payments change after my HELOC maturity date?
- How long will it take to pay off my HELOC after maturity?
- What if I want to continue to borrow from my HELOC after maturity?
- Can I pay off my HELOC before maturity?
Does the maturity date mean my HELOC is paid off?
The maturity date doesn’t mean the HELOC is paid off. It’s when the outstanding balance on your loan—including principal, interest, and fees—becomes due.
Once a HELOC matures, you’ll pay off what you borrowed according to your lender’s repayment schedule. If you’ve made interest-only payments up to this point, you’ll have a new payment amount.
The payoff date for a HELOC is the estimated date you’ll pay off your line of credit if you make your payments as scheduled. Your loan documents should outline your HELOC’s maturity and payoff dates.
Your lender may charge a penalty if you pay off your HELOC balance before the final payoff date.
When will my HELOC reach its maturity date?
HELOCs have two phases: the draw period and the repayment period.
The draw period is the initial window to access your line of credit and withdraw. Your lender might require you to make interest-only payments toward your HELOC during this time.
A typical draw period for a HELOC lasts five to 10 years, and the line of credit matures when it ends. Some lenders might extend the draw period to 15 years. The end-of-draw date marks when your HELOC transitions from the withdrawal phase to the repayment phase.
HELOC repayment periods may last 10 to 20 years, depending on the lender. You pay down the balance, including interest and fees, during the repayment period.
Where can I find my HELOC maturity date?
If you have a HELOC, you have several options to determine your maturity date:
- Check your statement. Your HELOC statement includes important information about your line of credit, including your balance due, recent activity, and interest charges. You may also find your HELOC maturity date listed here.
- Log in to your account. Most HELOC lenders offer online access to your account. You can review statements and other information about your line of credit, including when your HELOC matures.
- Review loan documents. At closing, you should get a stack of paperwork that includes all the details of your HELOC, such as the maturity date.
- Contact the lender. To avoid sifting through loan paperwork or statements, you can contact your lender to check your HELOC’s maturity date. You may need to call rather than email or request live chat, as the lender will likely need to verify your identity before releasing details about your line of credit.
While checking your HELOC maturity date, you may also want to review your payment schedule, interest rate, and fees.
How might my payments change after my HELOC maturity date?
Maturity on a HELOC doesn’t mean payments end; it means you’ll begin paying back the principal and interest on your line of credit.
So what does that mean for your payments? Here are a few scenarios that could play out.
|If you made interest-only payments…|
If you made principal and interest payments, and your interest rate hasn’t changed…
If you made principal and interest payments, and your interest rate adjusts at maturity…
|…your payment will likely increase to account for principal, interest, and fees.|
…your payment may remain unchanged.
…your payment may increase or decrease depending on how the rate adjusts.
Keep in mind your payments may change again once your HELOC reaches maturity if you have a variable interest rate. Since variable rates are tied to an underlying benchmark rate, they can move up or down over time according to shifts in the benchmark.
If you’d rather avoid fluctuations in payments, you might want to shop around for a fixed-rate HELOC option.
How long will it take to pay off my HELOC after the maturity date?
As we mentioned, a typical repayment period for a HELOC is 20 years, though some lenders might shorten it to 10 years. If you’re making payments as scheduled and not paying extra, it could take up to 20 years to repay what you borrowed.
Can you pay off a HELOC early? Yes, in most cases—and it could make sense if you’d like to minimize what you pay in total interest charges. (More about this below.)
What if I want to continue to borrow from my HELOC after its maturity date?
Once your HELOC matures, you can’t withdraw additional money from your credit line. If you want to continue tapping into your home equity after your line of credit matures, you have a few options.
- Ask about a renewal or extension. Your lender may allow you to renew or extend a HELOC before maturity to continue making new draws while delaying repayment. Contact your lender to find out whether these are options.
- Refinance your credit line. Refinancing a HELOC means taking out a new line of credit to pay off an existing one. You could restart the clock on the draw and maturity periods and even get more favorable interest rates and fees.
- Take out a new HELOC or home equity loan. If your lender is unwilling to offer an extension, and you don’t want to refinance your HELOC, you might consider taking out a new line of credit or home equity loan. You’d need sufficient equity, and it would mean paying a second round of closing costs.
If none of these options work, you can weigh other possibilities. For example, you might be able to borrow a lump sum with an unsecured personal loan. The upside here is you don’t have to use your home to secure the loan.
Can I pay off my HELOC before the maturity date?
You can pay off a HELOC during the draw period before it reaches maturity. You might consider that option if you:
- Want to minimize the interest and fees you pay.
- Would like to eliminate your HELOC debt faster.
- No longer need access to your credit line.
You can pay off a HELOC early by making lump-sum payments or paying extra each month.
For example, imagine you owe $50,000, and your interest rate is 5%.
|Monthly payment||Time to pay off||Total interest paid|
|$375||196 months (over 16 years)||$23,125|
If you paid an additional $255 per month, you’d pay off your HELOC in half the time and save $12,401 in interest.
Before you pay off a HELOC early, it’s wise to read the fine print on your loan agreement. Lenders may apply prepayment penalties for paying off a HELOC early. Calculating the fee can help you decide whether paying off your line of credit in advance makes sense.
Author: Rebecca Lake