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Using your home’s equity to buy an investment property

Investing in the unqiue Northern Rivers region is a goal that many people aspire to - we love building wealth through bricks and mortar. And really, a well-chosen property should rise in value over time (called ‘capital gains’) without much effort from the owner.

The big question is, how can we build our investment portfolio using the value in our current home? Purchasing property requires cash deposits, and if you want to purchase multiple properties, that’s a lot of cash to have lying around.

Watch the video below to find out how you can unlock equity to invest:

Using your home’s equity to invest

If you’ve had your home for a while, chances are you’ve built up valuable equity. That equity can be used as a cash deposit to buy an investment property, with most investment property loans structured around using home equity to aid the purchase.

What is equity?

Simply put, equity is the value of your property minus the amount you owe to the bank. Let’s say your property is worth $500,000, but you still owe $200,000. This means, you have $300,000 worth of total equity in your current home.

Here’s how it works

In the past, the only way to purchase new property without a cash deposit was to sell up. Now, home loans are pretty flexible, and it is possible to make use of the home equity without having to sell. 

Typically, the lender will lend you 80% of the value of your home without paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), less the debt you owe against it – which is your equity. However, the amount of equity you can use will vary between lenders – something your mortgage broker can help you figure out.

Let’s take a look at an example:

You’ve found an investment property worth $400,000.

Additional purchase costs (legal fees, stamp duty etc) bring the cost of the property to $420,000.

Assuming that you meet the loan approval requirements, the lender will loan you 80% of the property’s market value of $400,000 without having to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

Let’s do some calculations:
  • Market value of potential investment property $400,000 (plus purchase costs of $20,000)
  • The bank can loan you 80% of market value which is $320,000
  • As the total cost of the property is $420,000 you still need an additional $100,000 for the deposit. This can come from the equity in your existing home.
The equity in your current home

Short of having $100,000 cash lying around, you’ll likely need to figure out how to use the equity you have in your current home to cover the additional $100,000 required to purchase the new investment property. That’s where equity can help.

Let’s say the current market value of your existing home $500,000, but you still owe $300,000 against it. The difference of $200,000 is your home equity.

Lenders will usually only allow you to use up to 80% of the equity in your current home, which in this case is $160,000. This more than covers the $100,000 you need to complete the investment property purchase.

For futher information about equity watch the video below:

Keep in mind

You might have lots of equity in your home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the bank will allow you to borrow against it, even at 80%. You will need to go through the approval process for your property investment loan, just like you did with your current home loan. The lender will take into account your income, expenses, credit cards and a whole range of other factors before they approve you to borrow against the equity in your home.

Your Northern Rivers Mortgage Choice brokers can help

Mortgage Choice Northern Rivers have hundreds of great investment loans available to you, from our panel of over 20 lenders – including the big banks. Janet and Kahlee will sit down with you to figure out how much equity you have available to use for purchasing additional properties, and put together an application for it.

We’ve helped many Northern Rivers property investors build their investment portfolios. Let us help you too! Call Mortgage Choice Northern Rivers today to chat: Janet on 0418 813 903 and Kahlee on 0411 630 584


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