FAQs About the BMO Homeowner ReadiLine HELOC

Alyssa Furtado
by Alyssa Furtado December 4, 2017 / 3 Comments

Q. What is a home equity of line of credit?

A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a loan that leverages the equity in your home. The HELOC functions like a revolving line of credit where you can choose when and how much money to withdraw, so long as the amount doesn’t exceed more than 65% of the value of your home. BMO’s HELOC product is called the Homeowner ReadiLine.

Q. What is the BMO Homeowner ReadiLine interest rate?

There are a number of interest rates available. Unlike most of the other HELOCs on the market, the interest is calculated monthly, not daily. These are the rates as of Nov. 27, 2017:

Type Term Posted rate
Fixed rate One year (closed) 3.29%
Fixed rate Two years (closed) 3.29%
Fixed rate Three years (closed) 3.89%
Fixed rate Four years (closed) 4.24%
Fixed rate Five years (closed) 4.99%
Fixed rate Six years (closed) 5.34%
Fixed rate Seven years (closed) 5.5%
Fixed rate 10 years (closed) 6.3%
Variable rate Five years (closed) 3.35%

Q. What are the details of the plan?

Once you qualify for the BMO Homeowner ReadiLine, you can borrow anywhere from $0 up to 65% of the value of your home. It’s important to note, however, that your total home debt (mortgage + HELOC) can’t exceed 80% of the value of your home.

Q. What features does the BMO Homeowner ReadiLine have?

These are the features of the product:

  • You can access the funds at an ATM, online, by phone or by cheque, or at any BMO branch location;
  • You can access funds up to your revolving credit limit as long as you own your home;
  • You can get a variable rate lower than any personal line of credit;
  • Your interest is calculated on the monthly balance, so you will only pay interest on the amount you use;
  • The repayment frequency is flexible—you can pay as little as the monthly interest charge or as much as you want to try and pay it down; and
  • There are no prepayment penalties—you can pay off the full amount owing whenever you want without being charged extra fees.

Q. How much can I borrow?

Let’s do a sample calculation:

The value of your home = $450,000
Your outstanding mortgage balance = $250,000

The maximum allowable total home debt would be calculated as:

$450,000 x 80% loan-to-value ratio = $360,000

Then, you must subtract the outstanding balance on your mortgage to get the total allowable line of credit amount:

$360,000 – $250,000 = $110,000

Now, you still need to make sure that $110,000 doesn’t exceed 65% of your home’s value. To be sure, simply divide the HELOC amount by the value of your home:

$110,000 / $450,000 = 24%

In this example, you can access $110,000 through a HELOC, which equals 24% of your home’s value.

The bottom line

The BMO Homeowner ReadiLine is a mortgage product that can help you access the money you need to make an investment, buy a second car, or even purchase a second property. A HELOC can also be used to pay off any high-interest debts you may have, including a car loan or any credit card debt. Before deciding to leverage your home, you should speak with a mortgage broker and come up with an option that will work best with your financial situation.

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  • Russell Corey

    I have presently $350000 equity in my home 0 mortgage
    I am interested in purchasing a second property for $165000
    can I use a heloc for this purchase and what is the cost of setting up
    the heloc

  • Russell Corey

    I have a home worth $350000 (market value estimated by a national bank)
    I can purchase a second property for $165000 would it be advisable
    to use a heloc and what the monthly payments be ?

  • ratehub

    Hi Russell,

    If you like, we could have one of our more experienced mortgage brokers reach out to you for HELOC advice. To determine what your monthly payments would look like for a $165,000 mortgage, enter the number into our mortgage payment calculator.