Your equity is the difference between the value of your home and what you owe on your home.
Think of your equity as the money you would have left over if you sold your home, and repaid your home loan.
How to calculate your equity
Simply deduct your loan amount from the estimate value of your home. We have written a guide to help you estimate the value of your home.
Property value – Loan amount = Equity
For example, if your home is worth $500,000 and you owe $200,000 then the calculation would look like this:
$500,000 – $200,000 = $300,000 in equity
Why is equity so important?
The equity in your home is important! It is usually the biggest asset you have. You should aim to repay your home loan before you retire.
People who have little equity in their property when they reach retirement age, may be forced to either downsize their home or continue working to repay the debt.
Accessing your equity
You can access your equity with a home equity loan. This may be subject to equity release restrictions, also known as cash out restrictions.
The funds released can then be used for any worthwhile purpose including renovating your home, investing in property or consolidating debts.
Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers can assist you to access your equity.
Increase your equity!
This is why you should try and minimise unnecessary spending and aim to pay off your home loan as soon as possible. This will also decrease the interest that you pay and save you money as well as increase your equity.
If you are an experienced investor then you can use your equity to help you gear your investments in shares or property to maximise your returns.