What is home equity?

No matter if you have just purchased a home or of owned a home for some time now home equity is a very important factor in being a homeowner.  What is home equity you might be asking yourself?

Simply put home equity is the amount of money that you would be able to borrow against your home should you choose to do so.  The amount of equity in your home can be figured in one of two ways.

The first way that is used to determine the amount of equity in the home is the amount of money that has been paid towards paying off the mortgage. Homeowners will put equity into their home immediately by making a down payment on their home when they get home loan and then making monthly payments in order to pay off the mortgage.  Basically the more money that you put towards paying off your mortgage the more equity that your home will have.

The second way that is used to determine the amount of equity that is been a home is by determining the current market value of the home.  This is done by taking into consideration the current condition of the home and the land that surrounds a home.  If the better the condition of the home as well as one that surrounds it the better the market value of the home.  You can help to increase the amount of equity in your home by taking care of things like home improvement.  You can help to increase energy efficiency in your home, take care of minor and major repairs that might need to be done as well as taking care of a land that surround your home.

Since most people do not have the financial means in order to make a large scale payment in order to pay off their mortgage choosing to use the home improvement method to increase the amount of equity in their home is the most commonly chosen way to go.  Home improvements can be made to a home no matter what type of budget that you may be working with and you always have the option of taking out the home improvement loan or home equity loan in order to help increase the current equity in your home.

Home equity is an incredibly important factor in being a homeowner and one of the best things that you can do for your home is to continually work on increasing its equity.

 

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