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Home Equity Loan vs. Home Equity Line of Credit

Posted On: December 13, 2022 by The Middlefield Banking Company in: Home Mortgages Personal Loans

Home Equity Loan vs. Home Equity Line of Credit

A Home Equity Loan and Home Equity Line of Credit are both loans that use your home as collateral. Though they are very similar, they are different loans. Keep reading to learn what a Home Equity Loan and Home Equity Line of Credit are, their differences, and their benefits! 

What Are They and How Do they Differ? 

A Home Equity Loan or a Home Equity Line of Credit, commonly known as a HELOC, are both loans which use your home as collateral. Both are fantastic options for borrowing money if you’ve paid down a significant portion of your mortgage.  

Home Equity Line of Credit: A HELOC is a line of credit in which the lender will agree to lend a maximum amount within an agreed-upon period and variable interest rate. Essentially, a HELOC uses a percentage of your home’s equity to provide a revolving line of credit, much like a credit card. Your monthly payments with a home equity line of credit will change over time. With a HELOC, disbursement of funds is as needed.  

Home Equity Loan: A home equity loan is very similar; however, a home equity loan is a lump sum that is disbursed upfront and paid back in fixed installments. Your monthly payments will be the same each month.  

Pros and Cons 

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)  


  • You only borrow as much money as you need 

  • Flexible repayment 

  • May come with little to no fees 


  • Variable interest rates (changes based on market fluctuation) 

  • Not a set repayment plan (can be a pro for some) 

  • Could lose your home if you default on the HELOC 

Home Equity Loan 


  • Fixed interest rate 

  • You borrow a lump sum to use for nearly anything 

  • Little to no fees 

  • Set repayment plan (could be a con for some) 


  • Best terms go to those with a good credit score 

  • If property values decline, you may owe more than your home is worth 

  • Could lose your home if you default on the loan 

As you can see, a home equity loan and home equity line of credit are fantastic options for homeowners. Now that you know the benefits and main differences, which is best for you? These loans are a great source of value to access cash for renovations, large purchases, home remodel projects, college tuition, a new vehicle, or nearly any other need. Visit our website to learn more or stop in to talk with a lender!