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3 Ways to Use your Home Equity

Friday, December 2, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

3 Ways to Use your Home Equity

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If you own a home, there's a good chance that your equity has increased over the past few years as home values have risen and you've been paying your mortgage on time. Home equity increases over time and might assist you in achieving specific objectives. The average borrower currently owns approximately $300,000 in equity, according to CoreLogic's most recent Equity Insights Report.
 
Understanding your assets and how to use them is crucial as you weigh your options, especially in light of inflation and recession talk. The best source for information on how much equity you have in your home and suggestions on how to use it is a real estate expert. Here are a few examples:
 
1. Buy a Home That Fits Your Needs
It is time to relocate to a bigger home if your current residence is insufficient for your needs. Or maybe what you need is something smaller because your current home is too large. Whatever the circumstance, think about using your equity to move into a home that suits your evolving lifestyle.
 
You can utilize your equity to put a down payment on the property of your dreams if you want to renovate it. If you're looking to downsize, you might be startled to learn that part, if not all, of the price of your new house, could be covered by your equity. You can use the equity you have in your house to help pay for the next one by calculating how much equity you have.
 
2. Put Money Back into your Current Home
A recent Point survey found that 39% of homeowners would spend their equity on home improvement projects if they so desired. If you want to make some changes to your living arrangement but aren't quite ready to move just yet, this is a fantastic option.
 
With the help of home remodeling projects, you may adapt your house to your needs and personal preferences. Just keep in mind that some upgrades add more value to your house and are more likely to appeal to potential buyers than others when making any updates. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) research, for instance, demonstrates that replacing or refinishing wood flooring has a high-cost recovery. For the best guidance on selecting projects to invest in to receive the highest return on your investment when you sell, consult a local expert.
 
3. Follow Your Individual Goals
Property equity can assist you in achieving your life goals in addition to buying a home or remodeling. That could entail financing a college education, retiring or downsizing, or investing in a new business venture. Even though you shouldn't use your equity for frivolous purchases, using it to launch a business or pay for your education can help you realize other long-term objectives.
 
Bottom Line
Your equity might alter the course of events. Connect with Laura Larson right away if you're unsure of how much equity you have in your home so you can begin organizing your upcoming move.