We’re back with the HELOC Strategy content! (Velocity Banking, Accelerated Banking, Pill Method, Mortgage Acceleration). As you know, we’re a huge fan of using a HELOC to pay off your mortgage. But with the changing financial climate in the mortgage and refinance realm of banking, banks like Chase, Wells Fargo, and Navy Federal Credit Union, tightened up their lending of the HELOC or even canceled the HELOC completely. But other HELOC Banks continued lending out HELOC products to consumers. We have been getting many questions lately about whether to refinance or to continue to try and get approved for a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). (HELOC vs Refinance) Is it still worth it to get a HELOC to pay off the mortgage early? Can you still use a velocity banking model to pay off the mortgage early? In this video, I am going to unpack the latest update on the HELOC and if they are still lending out the Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)! With the interest rates on mortgages being historically low, is using a HELOC to pay off the mortgage early worth it? Why not just refinance at a lower rate? Refinance mortgage rates are super low! And is the home equity line of credit (HELOC) still available from banks? Well, 3 banks that we know are currently not approving HELOCS; Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and Navy Federal Credit Union, while banks like Citi Bank are still lending the home equity line of credit. But the approval times have skyrocketed for the underwriting process and this applies for the home equity line of credit (HELOC) & when refinancing. Why is that? Well, this really all has to do with the market. Banks sell mortgage products and continue to try and get you to refinance every 7 years. This is because mortgage-backed securities are sold on Wall St. And right now, major investment funds have NOT been buying these MBS because of the current economic situation, so banks are hesitant to sell mortgages to consumers. Is a HELOC still worth trying to secure or should you refinance? YES, the home equity line of credit (HELOC) is still the best option when velocity banking to pay off the mortgage early & you can use the HELOC for an investment property. HELOC(s) can also provide financial safety nets. HELOC vs Refinance (Refinance vs HELOC) So is it still worth getting the HELOC to pay off your mortgage? The answer is Yes and No… Now, remember, HELOC interests also ride on the WSJ Prime Rate. In fact, some HELOCs are based on LIBOR but next year, it’ll be phased out to SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) The current SOFR is at 0.10% which is ridiculous low. So if your argument is, well Sam… I just want to refinance because the rates are low… Why not get a HELOC that also has a low interest rate. Some of my clients in our private membership got a 2.99% HELOC or 3.75% 1st lien HELOC. But using a HELOC to paying off your mortgage transcends playing the interest rate game because you’re driving the principal balance down so low that even at a higher rate, the effective interest amount on the HELOC is lower at the end of the day. PLUS… you can use the same HELOC to acquire investment opportunities such as buying rental properties and cash cow businesses that have higher return than the HELOC interest rate.