How to advertise Home Equity Lines of Credit (“HELOCS”)

I was asked to write the disclosure for a HELOC advertisement recently and realized it’s been many years since I had done so. I needed a refresher on the rules so I checked out Regulation Z to find out what the rules are for HELOC ads.  There’s an entirely different set of rules that closed end credit ads but I realized it really boils down to telling the consumer about three important things:

  1. What are the costs to obtain the loan and to maintain it each year?
  2. What are the terms of the repayment of the loan?
  3. What finance charges apply, ie. what’s the APR, and how do you calculate the rate that can change over the term of the loan?

We added a new page that discusses all of these rules for HELOC Ads. Check it out at: HELOC Disclosures – How to Advertise a Home Equity Line of Credit.

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