Homeowners in the United States have seen a record-high increase in home equity. According to MBS Highway, 76% of homeowners have at least $100,000 of equity in their homes while the median priced home has gained an average of $190,000 in appreciation in the last 10 years. This further emphasizes the immense value and wealth that homeownership provides for an individual. Homeowners can also take advantage of this equity by using it for a variety of purposes, such as home improvements, debt consolidation, or funding other financial investments.
Two popular options for accessing home equity are home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and cash-out refinances. HELOCs allow homeowners to borrow against their home equity as needed, similar to a credit card. They often come with variable interest rates and typically have a lower upfront cost than a cash-out refinance. On the other hand, a cash-out refinance replaces the homeowner’s existing mortgage with a new, larger loan. The homeowner receives the difference between the old and new loans in cash, which can be used for any purpose. Cash-out refinances usually come with a lower fixed interest rate and a higher upfront cost than a HELOC. While both options can provide access to the home’s equity, your unique situation will determine which product is best for you. Contact us today to learn more!