How to Use the Equity in Your Home
Angelo Malizis | 25 November 2014
Home equity refers to the difference between
what your home is worth and how much you owe on it
For example, if your house is worth $350,000 and you owe $200,000, you have $150,000 in equity.
Gaining access to the equity you currently have tied up in your home, through refinancing your home loan, can be a great way to raise the money you need to purchase an investment property, carry out necessary home renovation projects or pay off credit card bills.
Let’s look at refinancing and how you can use your home equity in more detailâ€¦
What is refinancing?
To put it simply, refinancing is when you take out a new home loan (usually one with a better rate of interest), and you use some or all of the funds to pay off your existing home loan.
The main reason people refinance their home loan is to save money by gaining access to a better rate of interest. The benefits of being able to access the equity in your home through refinancing include:
1. Raise some cash for home renovations and improvements
Is your home in need of a new kitchen, a new bathroom, or maybe your family is outgrowing your current living space. Renovating your house is not only a great way to improve your living space, but it can also increase the value of your home. However, to do it right can be costly.
If you need to increase finance to fund a home renovation project then you may want to consider refinancing your home loan.
2. Pay off your debts by consolidating them into your home loan
If you have outstanding debts that you are struggling to pay off, then refinancing your home loan allows you to consolidate all your repayments into one simple monthly repayment – often at a lower interest rate. You can then really start to chip away at repaying your debt by paying less interest every month.
3. Free up some cash to make a big purchase
There are certain times in life when you need access to some extra cash. If your car breaks down and you find yourself unable to get to work â€“ what would you do? Alternatively, you may decide that 2015 is the year for your dream wedding and you need an extra cash boost to make it happen. Whatever the reason, refinancing can be a way of releasing some of the money tied up in your house for you to put to good use today.
4. Buy an investment property
If securing an investment property and planning for the future is something that’s been on your list of life goals, then refinancing could be a way of raising the cash you need to put down a deposit on a property, or even buy a new property outright. With rising house prices and competitive interest rates, refinancing can be a cheaper way of gaining access to the finances you need to help you achieve your investment goals.
Even though releasing equity in your home may be suitable for some people, it is important to remember that this is a long-term commitment.
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