Demand has increased for more useable space.20% are planning home additions in 2022 vs. 12% in 2021;
19% are improving at-home learning spaces vs. 11% in 2021.Return on emotional investments is key.Nearly 1 in 3 Millennials cited being happy with a space for years to come as an important reason for why they would undertake a home improvement project in 2022.Finance any home improvement project at a fixed, low rate.When you have good credit, you deserve a low-interest, fixed-rate loan. You can be confident that’s what you’ll get with LightStream because we back our low rates with our Rate Beat Program.We are in a green tipping point.93% of homeowners see the benefits in making eco-friendly upgrades to their home including saving money on energy bills (60%), improving home value (46%), and helping the environment (46%).LightStream’s 2022 Survey found 44% of homeowners plan to renovate.
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- Fixed rate, simple interest fully amortizing installment loans, no fees or prepayment penalties.
- Rates quoted with AutoPay option. Invoicing option is 0.50% points higher.
- Loan proceeds may not be used to refinance any existing loan with LightStream.
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Under Florida law we are required to collect and transmit to the State of Florida, on your behalf, a documentary stamp tax. The amount of this tax, which is slightly more than .0035 times your loan amount (or just over $35 for a $10,000 loan), will be added to your loan amount if your loan request is approved and funded. Stamp tax is NOT included when determining loan interest rate.
. The tax amount is not included in the quoted APR.
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More than ever, renovations are now undertaken with thought and purpose, motivated by creating a home environment built for functionality, joy and eco-friendliness.
16% of homeowners are planning new projects in 2022, a 3% increase over last year.
Only 1 in 3 homeowners say they feel joy in their home; 36% said personal satisfaction motivates 2022 projects.
60% of homeowners are investing in eco-friendly upgrades, saying they want to save money on energy bills,
46% expect to raise their home’s value,
28% feel they’ll improve the health of people living there.
A home improvement loan is an unsecured personal loan that allows you to borrow money for home upgrades, repairs, renovations and additions. Typically offered by banks, credit unions and online lenders, home improvement loans are an easy, hassle-free way to get funds for your project.What is a home improvement loan?Home improvement loans are a popular choice for home improvement projects because they offer a fast and easy way to finance your project. At LightStream, our home improvement loans are unsecured, which means you don’t need to use your home as collateral and don’t need equity in your home.What type of loan is best for home improvement projects?
Personal loans are a good choice for quick and easy financing. Applying for a home improvement loan is typically faster than applying for a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a home equity loan. In fact, LightStream allows you to get funds the same day you apply when all conditions are met. Plus, you don’t have to deal with appraisals or paperwork, and you do not need equity.
LightStream offers fixed-rate loans, which means your rate won't change when the market fluctuates, and you can easily budget your payments. Our home improvement loans offer lower interest rates than a credit card, so you can save more of your hard-earned money.
Applying for a personal loan for your home improvement project is a good idea when:
Should I get a personal loan for home improvements?A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a secured line of credit that allows you to borrow against the equity you have in your home. Because of this, HELOCs often have lower interest rates. HELOCs offer revolving credit, which allows you to borrow the funds you need when you need them. Applying for a HELOC often takes longer than a personal loan and typically requires significant paperwork.
- You have a great credit profile. LightStream only accepts customers with good to excellent credit.
- Your cash flow can cover your monthly payment.
- You don’t have equity in your home or don’t want to use it for collateral.
- You want to keep your savings intact.
LightStream offers a fast, easy online application without requiring any paperwork; you also do not need collateral to borrow funds. Instead, your credit profile and whole financial track record are assessed to decide if you qualify for financing.
Consider the type of project you’re doing, your credit, income, and whether you have equity in your home when evaluating your options.What is the difference between a home equity line of credit and a home improvement loan?A home equity loan is also referred to as a second mortgage. Just as with a home improvement loan, you receive requested funds up front and repay them over a designated period of time.
Unlike home improvement loans, home equity loans do require you to use your home as collateral and, typically, you must own 20% or more of your home to apply.
What is the difference between a home equity loan and a home improvement loan?For minor renovations, using your credit card could be a good option. Some credit cards offer zero percent introductory APR, meaning you don’t have to pay interest for the first few months. However, using a credit card can result in extraordinarily high interest rates if you don’t pay your balance back before the introductory offer expires.
If you’re using a credit card that does not offer zero percent interest, it’s important to pay back the entire amount you owe before your next billing period. It’s also important to note that credit cards offer variable interest rates, meaning the amount you pay can decrease or increase depending on market fluctuations.
LightStream's home improvement loans offer lower interest rates than a credit card, so you can save more of your hard-earned money. Our low, fixed-rates make it easy to plan for your monthly expenses and stick to a budget.
Should I get a personal loan or put it on a credit card?
Home improvement loans allow you to borrow funds for your home improvement project without requiring collateral, a home title, or an appraisal. LightStream offers a quick, easy online application that you can complete from any device and the comfort of your home.
You can borrow between $5,000 and $100,000, and choose a repayment period that works best for you. LightStream has no restrictions on the type of home improvement project your funds can cover.
Here is how it works:
- Apply online. You will receive a response shortly (during business hours).
- Accept the loan agreement. Once approved, e-sign your loan agreement and set up your loan for funding.
- That's it! Use your loan. Receive your funds as early as today!
LightStream deposits funds directly into your account, so you can shop your contractor as a cash buyer and take full control of your project.
How does a home improvement loan work?Home improvement loans are paid back in installments, or regular monthly payments, depending on the size of the loan and the lender.
Lightstream offers personal loans for home improvement with flexible terms up to 12 years so you can choose a repayment period that works best for you.How long do you have to pay back a home improvement loan?The best way to get a home improvement loan without equity is by applying for an unsecured personal loan. LightStream offers unsecured home improvement loans that allow you the flexibility to tackle your home improvement project without going over your budget.How can I get a home improvement loan with no equity?When you have good credit, LightStream offers low-interest, fixed-rate loans, from $5,000 to $100,000, for practically any home improvement project you want.How much can you get a home improvement loan for?LightStream funds can be used to pay for contractors, appliances, finishes, furniture, landscaping, and much more. Your funds will cover all expenses related to your home improvement project.What can I use a home improvement loan for?
What are the benefits of a LightStream home improvement loan?
- Low, fixed rates
- Predictable monthly payment
- Lower APR than a credit card
- Fast application
- Easy to get funds
- Funds are directly deposited into your account as soon the day you apply when conditions are met
Learn more about how LightStream loans can be used to finance:
Your loan terms, including APR, may differ based on loan purpose, amount, term length, and your credit profile. Lowest rates require excellent credit. At least 17% of approved applicants applying for the lowest rate qualified for the lowest rate available based on data from 01/01/2023 to 03/31/2023. Rate is quoted with AutoPay discount. AutoPay discount is only available prior to loan funding. Rates without AutoPay are 0.50% points higher. Subject to credit approval. Conditions and limitations apply. Advertised rates and terms are subject to change without notice.
Maximum APR for a LightStream loan is . Loan terms range from 24 - 144 months depending on the loan type.
The 2022 LightStream Home Improvement Survey was distributed by Ipsos among 1,301 U.S. homeowners, between January 4, 2022 and January 13, 2022 via an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. homeowner population, ages 18+. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 2.7% at 95% confidence.
LightStream will offer a rate .10 percentage points lower than the rate offered on any competing lender’s unsecured loan provided that you were approved for that lower rate (with the same loan terms offered by LightStream) no later than 2 p.m. Eastern time two business days prior to loan funding. The Rate Beat Program excludes secured or collateralized loan offers from any lender, and the competitive offer must be available to any customer with a similar credit profile. Terms are subject to change at any time. If you believe you have been approved by another lender for a lower qualifying rate, log in to your account and click on “Submit Rate Beat Request” to review your Rate Beat eligibility and upload the required documentation.