Whether it’s home improvements, consolidating debt, buying a new car or funding a family vacation, home equity loans offer a smarter way to borrow money.

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See what your home can do for you.

Take advantage of competitive rates for expenses such as a major home renovation, a family vacation, a wedding, or consolidating a specific amount of debt. Using the equity in your home, you can borrow one lump-sum, up front at a fixed interest rate. You don't have to look far to find a competitive rate — you can find it in your home!


  • Fixed, competitive interest rate and payments for the life of the loan
  • Choice of monthly or bi-weekly payment options
  • One lump-sum based on home's equity
  • Local decision-making and personal service, every step of the way
  • Interest may be tax deductible, consult with a tax adviser 

When You Apply

Certain applications might require additional information, which will be requested upon receipt and review of your application.

>> Income Documentation — Salaried/Hourly

  • 2 most recent years W-2s
  • Pay stubs covering most recent 30-day period

>> Income Documentation — Self-Employed

  • 2 most recent years W-2s
  • 2 years signed and dated Personal and Business Federal Tax Returns with all Schedules and Statements
  • YTD Profit and Loss
  • Balance Sheet

>> Savings/Reserves Documentation

  • Copies of bank, retirement, and/or brokerage account statements showing nine months reserves covering your mortgage payment, real estate taxes and homeowner's insurance

>> Mortgage Statement

  • Copy of your first mortgage statement, if applicable

>> Home Owner's Insurance

  • Copy of your declarations page and evidence of annual premium

>> Real Estate Taxes

  • Copy of your real estate tax bill

>> Property Information

  • Copies of your deed, survey and Title Insurance policy

>> Home Owner's Association

  • Evidence of annual dues, if applicable

HOME EQUITY FIXED RATE LOAN: Biweekly payments must be auto-debited from a First Hope Checking or Savings Account. Loan to value (LTV) on 5-15 year terms up to 80% of appraised value, less any 1st mortgage balance. LTV on 20 year term up to 75% of appraised value, less any 1st mortgage balance. Property insurance required. Flood insurance may be required. Loan on 1-4 family owner occupied residence. Subject to credit approval. Rate subject to change without notice. First and second liens only. Max loan amount is $500,000 for first lien/$350,000 for second lien. Regulation requires a full appraisal on loans over $400,000 which will be at the customer’s expense. Loans $500,000 and above require Title Insurance in the amount of the loan at the customer’s expense. There is a $60 non-refundable application fee due upon your acceptance of the Loan Estimate. There is a recording fee which varies from state to state and county to county. Inquire to find out the amount of the applicable recording fees for NJ and PA properties. Higher fees may apply for PA residents. First Hope Bank, N.A., 201 Route 94, Second Floor, Columbia, NJ 07832. Company NMLS #460885.

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