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HELOC Stories - How Using Your Home Equity Can Help You Fund Your Dreams

Published May 5, 2024

Key Takeaways

  • Home Improvements: A HELOC can be used to renovate or improve your home, such as kitchen or bathroom remodels, landscaping projects, or adding a pool.

  • Debt Consolidation: Use your HELOC to consolidate high-interest debt, such as credit card balances, into a single, more manageable payment with a potentially lower interest rate.

  • Major Life Events: Whether it's funding fertility treatments, financing education expenses, or covering medical bills, a HELOC can provide the financial support needed to navigate life's significant milestones and challenges.

At Credit Union of Texas, we believe in empowering our members to achieve their dreams through our Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) program. Here are some inspiring stories of how our members used their HELOCs to fund their dreams:

Lyndsey Caban: Welcoming Brayden with the Help of CUTX

I met my husband in 2013. He will tell you he knew we were special together right away. I will tell you, he's crazy and he didn't know a thing (insert laugh here). Five years and one Disneyland proposal later, we were husband and wife. We wanted to start our family pretty soon after we got married, but life had other plans. We tried, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant year after year. We saved up enough funds to go through four rounds of fertility treatments, to no avail. We were heartbroken, exhausted, and completely through our savings account. Our doctor suggested another type of fertility treatment that we were more than willing to pursue, we just needed the means to pay for it. We were approved for enough money to cover the costs of our next round of fertility treatments. On March 4, 2022, we transferred Embryo #4. On November 22nd night, our son was born. He is everything we ever dreamed for, and more. People tell you that you will love your children. But you don't understand until they place them into your arms. Brayden is an energetic, baseball-loving, bubble-blowing, pantry-perusing one-year-old now. He's our everything. Every bit his dad. I can't imagine life without him. Had it not been for the CUTX HELOC, we would never have gotten to know him. We are completely and utterly blessed and grateful!

The Harriman Hub: Turning Dreams into Reality

Opening our HELOC came at a time when my husband and I were attempting to move closer to family. We had secured a construction loan for the max amount that we qualified for, but two-thirds of the way into the build it became apparent that we were going to run out of funds before completion. We opened our HELOC through the house we owned in Denison which gave us the last $35k needed to finish the build and move closer to our daughter. We now also live closer to my parents, siblings, and my husband's siblings as well. This has been a huge blessing as we also had our first baby together halfway through the build process and she is getting more time around her extended family than she would if we hadn't been able to move. We are so grateful that our HELOC made it possible, and although we live here full time, we joke that this is our vacation home because it still feels like a dream to be living here every day even though we moved in 9.5 months ago. We now enjoy 12 acres of beautiful land in a 3200 sq ft house with five playful barn cats, an active 1-year old, and fun 16-year-old. We also get to see our neighbors' cows grazing around our property and live in a warm and lively community. Thank you for making it possible, CUTX!

Alan Sanchez: Renovating Home Spaces

Thanks to the HELOC loan through Credit Union of Texas, I was able to consolidate my debt to a lower interest rate. The HELOC loan gives me more freedom on how to utilize the funds available to me. I was able to start off with a shower renovation and a new kitchen paint job as well in my house. Came out great!

Sarah Quintanilla: Making Health and Family a Priority

 We applied for a HELOC loan in the hopes of building a pool in our backyard. It was a dream of ours and when COVID hit in 2021, we wanted to make that dream a reality. During that same year, I was also diagnosed with early onset osteoarthritis. I heard doctor after doctor tell me that swimming and exercising in a pool would be the most beneficial for me to alleviate my pain. We contacted Credit Union of Texas, and the loan officer walked us through the process. Within a few weeks, the pool construction was underway. We now have our beautiful pool where we do everything from improving our health, to creating a center for family gatherings and events. Thanks to Credit Union of Texas HELOC loan for making this process seamless and possible.

Chris & Natalie Wilson: From Educators to Entrepreneurs

We used our HELOC to start a performing arts business, Interval Performing Arts LLC. After being public school arts teachers (music and dance) for many years, my wife and I both decided to leave our jobs, rented out space, built out a dance and performing arts studio, hired teachers and staff, and heavily advertised. Since opening in September of 2022, we have gone from 0 to 272 enrolled students in dance, music, and theatre. We put on recitals, concerts, events, send students to dance competitions, and much more! We love our business, and none of it would've been possible without out CUTX Home Equity Line of Credit.

Dennis: Building a Legacy with Texas Landscape Management

I always wanted to have my own business but wasn't sure how I could afford it. With the unwavering support of Credit Union of Texas (CUTX), I began to shape a vision for my own family-owned and operated business. Texas Landscape Management is committed to delivering superior quality and reliability, at an affordable price, and giving back to the communities we serve. As a devoted family man, my aspirations went beyond mere business success; they were woven into a heartfelt desire to create a lasting legacy for my two boys and my little girl on the way. Understanding the pivotal role a robust financial foundation plays, I turned to CUTX for their expertise in providing Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) to passionate entrepreneurs like myself. CUTX, deeply ingrained in the local community and renowned for nurturing the dreams of businesses, naturally became the anchor for my aspirations. The process of obtaining a HELOC from CUTX was not just a transaction; it marked the beginning of a collaborative journey focused on nurturing the growth and enduring success of my family's business.

Kyle, Heather & Ty Keahey: Overcoming Financial Hurdles to Welcome Their Son

My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have now been married for 9 years. While we have had great successes and stuck by each other through difficult times, we always had a missing piece we didn’t know how to find. You see, my husband and I have always loved kids. We are both educators and strive to empower students to be better every single day. We found love for education and children early on through our careers, and were able to fill the void of our missing piece for some time. After 4 and a half years of doctors appointments, bloodwork, testing, procedures and countless prayers, we made an appointment with a fertility specialist. We began our journey to our missing piece in July of 2020, and can proudly say, we will be celebrating two years with our amazing baby boy Ty, this March! He is the joy of our lives and is everything our hearts desired! Because of our struggles and moving forward with IVF to get to today, we were in a mountain of credit card debt that felt unending. CUTX provided the option of a HELOC that allowed us to climb out from under that mountain with a reasonable payment option we could handle. I praise God for our son Ty, CUTX and the HELOC option! This is our HELOC Story.


At Credit Union of Texas, we're honored to have been a part of these incredible journeys. If you're ready to turn your dreams into reality, consider how a HELOC can help you achieve your goals. Connect with us today to learn more!

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