Home Equity

You can borrow a great amount of money for whatever use by using your home equity. 

What could be the most important thing that nearly everyone wants to have in their lives? If you were to ask me, the most important thing that a person must posses is a house. I believe that everybody, even the single individuals, wants to possess a house of their own and call it a home someday. If you own a house, especially for men, it is likely that you just want a place of your own, or it is some sort of preparation to call it a home because the idea of getting married and raising a family are all in your mind. Whatever your reasons might be, owning a home is much more important among other things.

Since the market value of a home is continuously increasing, your home could be your best asset. In fact, more and more lenders are offering home equity plans for homeowners. The home equity loans and home equity line of credit are very interesting and tempting ways to borrow a very big amount of money in exchange of your house. Lenders will allow you to borrow a certain amount of money, which is relatively high, and your home will serve as collateral. Isn't that a wise deal? 

Lenders are very confident in letting you borrow the amount of money you qualify for because you can't just carry your home and run away or hide it if you are not able to make the scheduled payment of your loan. Yes, home equity loans and home equity lines maybe the best option if you need a very big amount of money, but think it over a million times. You must always remember that if you can't make the payment as scheduled, it could mean the loss of your house.

Just to give you an idea as to how a home equity is computed and how much can you possibly borrow if you use your home as collateral let me give you an example. Let's say, the current value of your home is $ 200,000, and you still owe $ 100, 000 on mortgage, the difference between the value of your home and the amount you still owe on mortgage is called home equity. Given that:

Your home's current value   $ 200, 000
The amount owed on mortgage $ 100, 000
The home equity is $ 100, 000

And to compute for the potential amount in which you can borrow whether for a home equity loan or home equity lines of credit, the lenders usually set a percentage of your home's appraised value, let's say 80 %.

Your home's current value   $ 200, 000
Percentage sty by lenders      x 80 %
Percentage appraised value               = $ 160, 000
Minus the amount owed on mortgage          - $ 100, 000
Your potential credit $ 60, 000

The actual amount of money that you may borrow will also depend on your ability to repay, debts, and other financial obligations. No matter how tempting the potential credit of your home equity can be, you should have a big and valid reason if you want to consider using your home's equity. Most people want to use their home's equity for big reasons like payment for college education, house renovation, or hospital bills.

Before you even think of using your home's equity, you should weigh things over. How big is your need for money? Is it worth putting your house on the line? These are the things you should think over a million times before you put your home at risk.

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