To apply for a home loan, you will need a deposit. Your deposit can take the form of cash, or a mixture of cash and equity. Equity is the difference between the value of your home and how much you owe on it.
If your home increases in value over time as you continue to make repayments, so does your equity. For example: if you purchased a property for $400,000 which is now valued at $500,000 and you have repaid $50,000 since purchasing it, you have $150,000 in equity ($50,000 you have repaid + $100,000 value increase).
In addition to propping up your home loan deposit, equity can be used to supplement a deposit for an investment property, a new car or home renovations to name a few. Depending on your financial circumstances and the advice of your finance or tax advisors, you may be able to unlock the equity in your assets provided you can still meet your regular loan repayments.
Talk to us or drop into your nearest RACQ Bank branch for more information on how you can take advantage of your equity.