There has been a positive change in recent months in the housing market. Homeowners are experiencing an increase in the amount of equity they have in their homes. According to a new CoreLogic report*†, there has been an increase in home equity of over 12% since last year, amounting to over $980 billion in value nationally.
There has been a 20% decrease in negative equity (when a homeowner owes more on their mortgage than their house is worth) over the last year. While negative equity has been on the decline since 2012, this recent dip has pushed the percent of underwater homeowners to less than 10%. This combined with increased property values has resulted in homeowners across the country seeing an average increase in their home equity of $16,200.
What do these numbers mean for you?
Having positive equity allows you to take advantage of the equity you already have in your home. The more equity you have, the more you can leverage. To access your equity, you can apply for a cash-out refinance.** Cash-out refinances are a great way to achieve your financial goals.
Here are just a few ways you can use the money from a cash-out refinance:
- Make home improvements
- Buy an investment property or second home
- Pay off debts like credit card balances or student loans
- Increase your savings or invest in the market***
- Send a child to college
Contact your Loan Originator to review your refinance options.
*CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Insights - Q2 2018
†Information referenced in the report includes properties with mortgages only.
**Option may not be available in all states
***Please consult your financial advisor