If you are a homeowner, you should have noticed a huge boost in your net worth over the past couple of years. Most people have noticed the rising prices and, last year, you knew about the low interest rates. Although prices are softening and interest rates have gone up, a lot of homeowners still have substantial equity in their homes. Here’s how it happens and what it might mean for you, even as we see the changes in the market.
Equity means the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan.
Over the last few years, with inventory as low as it has been, there was an imbalance between the number of homes available and the number of buyers that were searching for a home to buy. The low inventory and demand caused housing prices to skyrocket in Central Oregon.
And while home price appreciation has moderated this year, and even depreciated slightly in some overheated markets, that doesn’t mean you have lost all the equity you gained during the major Seller’s market we are all adjusting from.
The latest Homeowner Equity Insights from CoreLogic finds the average homeowner equity has actually grown by $34,300 over the past 12 months.
So, despite the headlines, the average homeowner still gained positive equity over the last year in most markets. Keep in mind that the gains may not be as drastic as they were in April or even May, but they are still significant. Another thing to note is the longer you have owned your home, the more equity you may have in it!
What Does This Mean For You?
Equity, of course helps you increase your overall net worth, but it can also help with other goals, like buying your next home, buying an investment property, and making major home improvements. Selling your current home could result in more cash from closing to provide you with a largerdown payment, or cash for other uses!
If you have been on the fence about wether or not you should sell, because you weren’t sure what the news has meant for you or your situation, you can take a deep breath. You likely still have substantial equity and we are here to help you know just how much might be there for you.
If you are considering a move, the equity you’ve gained over time can make a big impact. To find out just how much equity you have in your current home, and how you can use it to fuel your next purchase, give us a call.