Managing My Home Equity Line of Credit
How can I access my line of credit?
You may obtain credit advances under your Home Equity Line of Credit through any one of the following methods:
- Writing a Home Equity Line of Credit check
- Requesting an advance via telephone inquiry
- An in-person request at any one of our authorized retail branch locations
- Requesting a transfer online via our NBT Online Banker System
What is my draw period?
Home Equity Line of Credit accounts are generally divided into two periods: the draw period and the repayment period. Once you enter into a Home Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the Agreement will specify the terms and length of the draw and repayment periods. During the draw period, you may borrow against the Credit Line, repay a portion of the amount borrowed, and re-borrow up to the amount of the Credit Limit as needed. Your Credit Limit is defined in the loan agreement and is the maximum amount you may have outstanding at any one time. During the draw period, repayment terms of interest-only or principal plus interest are available. After the draw period ends, the repayment period will begin and you will no longer be able to obtain credit advances.
What is my repayment period?
Your Home Equity Line of Credit Agreement will specify the terms and length of the repayment period. When the draw period ends, you will no longer be able to access your line. When you enter the repayment period, your outstanding balance will be converted to a term loan with a variable interest rate and payment amount. Your minimum monthly payment will include both principal plus interest (P+I).
How do I request a Fixed Rate Conversion Option?
If you would like to request a Fixed Rate Conversion Option under your Home Equity Line of Credit account, you can do so by contacting or visiting any one of our convenient retail branch locations. There is a specific Home Equity Fixed Rate Conversion Option Request form that will need to be completed and submitted along with the $50.00 Fixed Rate Conversion Option Fee.
Can I change my payment method?
At NBT Bank, we offer a number of convenient options to pay your Home Equity Line of Credit account. If you are thinking about changing your payment method, please refer to our Personal Loan Payment Option page or visit one of our convenient retail branch locations for more information.
How can I close my account?
In order to close your account, you must pay any and all amounts owing under your Loan Agreement, including a mortgage discharge fee. For more information, please call us at 1-800-628-2265 or visit any of our convenient retail branch locations.