Every home loan situation is different, so it’s hard to estimate how long your specific home mortgage process will take. Some of the factors that affect the timeline include the type and terms of the home loan you’re requesting, the types of documentation required in order to secure the loan and the amount of time it takes to provide your lender with those documents.
Your Bank of America lending specialist will work closely with you to help you meet your timetable so that deadlines are met and your rate locks are honored.
Yes. A cash-out refinance enables you to pay off your existing mortgage(s) and also to take out some of your home equity in a lump-sum cash payment at closing.
Learn more about a cash-out refinance option
The way you’ve handled your finances in the past can help predict how you may do so in the future, so lenders will consider your credit rating when you apply for a mortgage or other loan. A higher credit score may help you qualify for better mortgage interest rates, and some lenders may lower their down payment requirement for a new home loan if you have a high credit score.
See how credit affects your interest rate
Every adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) uses a financial rate index (such as the LIBOR index or the U.S. Prime Rate) to determine the loan rate. Lenders have no control over financial rate indexes, and you can track the performance of each index in The Wall Street Journal. The rate you pay is set at each adjustment period by adding your margin (which remains the same from period to period) to the rate of the index.
Bank of America ARM rates are determined using the LIBOR index, which tracks the rate international banks charge each other for large loans in the London interbank market. Even though the LIBOR index adjusts frequently, Bank of America adjustable-rates mortgages only adjust annually after the introductory period expires.
Yes. There are several ways to pay your mortgage online.
If you have an eligible Bank of America account, you can make your mortgage payment using the Bill Pay tab or Transfers tab (there’s no additional charge). You can use each of these tools to schedule automatic recurring payments or make a one-time payment.
PayPlan is a service that allows you to make automatic payments from your checking or savings account. There are 4 potential services available based on how often you would like your payment drafted from your account. To find out how to enroll in one of our PayPlan services or to see which service is available for your account, please call 800.669.6607 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST). Please note that PayPlan may not be available for FHA and VA loans.
MortgagePay on the Web is another online option for one-time mortgage payments. It can be used with eligible Bank of America accounts at no charge, as well as with checking or savings accounts from other financial institutions at no charge or with a fee, depending on when the payment is made relative to your grace period. To pay your mortgage account online using MortgagePay on the Web, follow these easy steps:
In addition to the electronic payment options noted here, we offer additional no-cost and low-cost options for making your mortgage payment. To learn more please call 800.669.6607 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST).
Yes. When you make your regular monthly mortgage payment, you can include an additional amount to be applied directly to your principal. If you’re paying by check, ensure the money is credited correctly by writing the amount of the extra principal payment on your Mortgage Account Statement where designated.
If you're an Online Banking client using Bill Pay, use the Memo line to indicate you’re including an additional payment toward the principal. Enter the amount of the extra principal payment and select Send Memo with Payment.
Additional principal payments will only be applied after the current month's full payment has posted to your account. Please note that if there’s a prepayment penalty associated with your loan, you may be penalized for paying off your loan early. Review the terms of your mortgage to determine if this provision applies to you.
Year-end interest-paid statements (IRS Form 1098) are mailed out by the end of January. Contact us at 800.669.6607 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST) if you don’t receive it by February 15. You may also be able to access a copy of your IRS Form 1098 by going to the Account Details tab for your mortgage account in Online Banking.
Our lending officers can tell you about affordable housing assistance programs in which Bank of America participates. When combined with an eligible loan, these assistance programs can help qualified homebuyers achieve successful homeownership. To find out how Bank of America can assist you with affordable housing assistance programs, make an appointment to speak with a lending officer.
Yes. VA loans provide up to 100% financing, providing qualified veterans the opportunity to purchase a home. To find out how Bank of America can assist you with a VA loan, make an appointment to speak with a lending officer.
If you were denied home loan assistance (such as a request for a loan modification, short sale or deed in lieu), you may be able to dispute the decision. You can file an escalated case with us if you have reason to believe you met all the criteria for home loan assistance but were not properly evaluated for assistance or were improperly denied assistance. This may include:
You can also file an escalated case if either of these specific concerns apply to your loan:
Please note that inquiries about a pending request for home loan assistance or general questions about the servicing of your mortgage do not meet the requirements for an escalated case. For general servicing questions, please call 800.669.6607 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST).
To file an escalated case, you (or any third party representing you, such as a housing counselor or attorney) should send us a brief letter describing the specific reasons you believe one of the scenarios described here applies to your loan or to your application for home loan assistance.
Escalated case requests must be sent by mail to the following address:
Bank of America Corporate Center
Attn: BAC Escalated Case Unit
P.O. Box 940508
Simi Valley, CA 93094-0508
Please note that if a third party contacts us to submit an escalated case on your behalf, we must have your written authorization before we can communicate with them about you or your loan. Without your written authorization, we will not be able to discuss your home loan with them. We can provide you with an authorization form upon request.
What to expect after submitting your request
When you sign up for Online Banking and access your home equity line of credit account, you will be able to do things like:
To transfer funds to your home equity line of credit account with Online Banking, follow these steps:
Note that the Frequency option lets you choose how often the payment takes place; for example, once a month or once a week.
The draw period (or borrow period) is the period of time during which you can access funds using your home equity line of credit. Depending on the terms, the draw period will typically be up to 10 years, after which you will no longer be able to borrow against your home equity line of credit.
You can request more checks by visiting a financial center or by calling us at 800.934.5626 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-9 p.m. local time). Online check ordering is not currently available for home equity lines of credit.
Bank of America will mail you a 1098 form if the interest you paid on your home equity account during the year is $600 or more. If you paid less than $600, please review your regular statements or sign in to Online Banking, select your home equity account and select the Account Details page. You will see one of these display types:
If you see Type A: Look for the Interest Information section at the bottom of the account display on the Summary tab. You’ll see the amount of interest paid for last year.
If you see Type B: Select the Statements tab and look for the Year-end statements section. Select the link to your 1098 tax form.
If you need additional assistance, please call us at 800.934.5626 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST).
Some home equity accounts allow you to print copies of your statements from within Online Banking. If yours does not, you can request a copy of your home equity line of credit statement by signing in to Online Banking, going to the Help & Support menu, selecting Contact us, choosing a topic and then selecting Send a message. You can also order copies of your statements by visiting a financial center or by calling us at 800.934.5626 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST).
Yes. With our Fixed-Rate Loan option, you can convert all or a portion of your variable-rate balance ($5,000 minimum) to a fixed rate without any conversion fee. This allows you to pay down principal while enjoying a predictable monthly payment for the life of the loan.
If your HELOC is in the repayment period, the account will be closed once the final balance is received. If your HELOC is in a draw period, you may continue to draw on your available credit. You may also request to have your HELOC closed by contacting customer service at 800.934.5626 (Mon-Fri 8am-9pm EST).