Standard lines of credit will not be impacted by the integration. However, after April 23, if you have a mortgage-secured line of credit, it will appear as a separate product in your statement and within your online and mobile banking account summary. So, for instance, if before, you had a chequing account with the line of credit attached, you will now see two separate accounts: a chequing account and a line of credit account, with their own balances and account details.
This means a couple of things for those with a mortgage-secured line of credit:
- Deposits – The main change you will see is around deposits. Previously, if you made a deposit to your chequing account, that deposit was automatically applied to the balance of your line of credit attached to that account. Because your line of credit is now functioning as a separate lending product, you now have control over when and how you want to pay back the principal balance of your line of credit.
Going forward, to make a principle payment on your outstanding line of credit balance, you will need to transfer money into your line of credit account. You can do this transfer via online banking or contact us to assist you. If you would like to set up a recurring monthly payment to the principal balance of your line of credit, we can set that up as a pre-authorized payment. Interest payments on your line of credit will continue to be automatically be pulled from your chequing account on the last day of the month.
- Withdrawals – Withdrawing funds from your line of credit will be virtually the same. When you withdraw funds, they will come from your chequing account. If your account balance reaches zero, then the excess funds will automatically be withdrawn from the line of credit linked to that account. You may also transfer funds from your line of credit into any of your other accounts.
One difference you may see is more transactions on your statement (to show funds drawing from the line of credit and depositing to the chequing account).