Your Dominion Lending Centres specialist can help guide you through the options of leveraging the equity that you’ve created in your home.

Here are some advantageous ways to maximize the use of your equity:

  • Buy a vacation home or investment property.
  • Invest in your child’s education.
  • Renovate.
  • Consolidate outstanding debt.
  • Take advantage of lower interest rates to save you money.

But first you’ll need to calculate how much equity you have in your home. Meaning, the price for which your home could be sold on the market today, less any debts registered against the property, such as mortgages and secured credit lines.

Here is a basic calculation to help you determine your amount of equity:

Current market value – all debts registered against it = Available Equity

HOW MUCH OF MY EQUITY CAN I USE?

You may qualify to refinance up to 85% of the value of your home.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when determining how much equity you should leverage:

  • What is the estimated amount needed to accomplish my goals?
  • Do I have sufficient savings to cover any unforeseen future expenditures?
  • How much can I comfortably afford to pay monthly for my mortgage payment?
  • What is my current interest rate?
  • How far into my current term am I?
  • What are the costs involved to refinance?

 

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