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National City Bank Pays Customers To Cancel Home Equity Accounts

Companies / Credit Crisis 2008 Sep 04, 2008 - 07:18 PM GMT

By: Mike_Shedlock

Companies Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNational City Bank is desperate for capital. Evidence can be found in the Financial Times story National City offers cash to cut equity lines . National City (NCC), the US bank that has been among the hardest hit by the subprime crisis, is trying to reduce its exposure to the riskiest category of home loans by offering customers cash to close their untapped home equity lines.

Lenders such as National City have tightened their lending standards and reduced lending volumes sharply, but portfolio exposures could still grow as a result of so-called “open-ended” home equity lines that are committed but as yet undrawn. The bank's initiative, which was launched at the end of July, encourages National City customers to surrender their unused home equity lines by waiving fees it would normally charge for closing the line and by writing customers a $200 cheque.

“We are giving customers an opportunity to close their lines without incurring termination fees and then we give them a reward to thank them for their business,” said National City.

The bank's customers are normally charged up to $350 to close a home equity line.

Some banks, such as Bank of America, Wachovia and Chase, have frozen borrowers' access to home equity lines or changed the terms to reduce their potential home equity exposure.

National City's scheme in essence buys back the borrower's right to access the line, and reduces the bank's exposure to lending money against houses that have fallen in value.

The bank declined to comment on whether the bank was targeting borrowers in a particular region or with any particular credit characteristics, but it added that customers were thus far “responding well” to the scheme. That someone should ever have to pay $350 to close a credit line is of course completely silly. But it is very telling that NCC is willing to pay customers $200 to not tap those lines. I don't doubt that most customers are pleased by this.

Interestingly, questions about Home Equity lines came up last night on Coast to Coast Radio . A caller asked about tapping credit lines for investment and I commented that it would not be advisable because rates of return would likely be far too low given rising unemployment, massive overcapacity, and the unwinding of credit bubble. I did go on to say that if he still wanted to do it, he better hurry or that line would be shut.

Bank of America (BAC), Wachovia (WB), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and others have all acted to reduce credit lines.

National City (NCC) is the first bank to pay customers to close those lines. National City is short of capital. There is no other realistic way to look at it.

By Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Darryl ODonnell
07 Mar 10, 19:29
National City HELOC payoff incentive

I received a letter from National City with an incentive to close my HELOC. $100 for every $10,000 of relinquished available credit, up to $1500.

I took them up on it and faxed the paperwork, called to confirm they received it etc. This was in June 2009 - I have still not received my incentive check of $800.00 I have called several times and get a run-around.

So now I have no equity line and no bonus. A total rip-off from National City.

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