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Renovate or invest? How 7-in-10 Aussies are using their equity

Seven in 10 homeowners have recently used the equity in their home to renovate, invest in property or shares, or boost their superannuation. Have you thought about how you could take advantage of last year’s property price spike?

You might have heard that property prices spiked 23.7% in 2021, yeah?

That’s quite the growth spurt!

So how do you take advantage of that growth without (or before) selling your home?

Well, one way to do so is to cash out equity while property prices are high (which we’ll explain in a little more detail below).

According to NAB research, three in 10 mortgage holders have recently done just that and have used the money to give their home a facelift by renovating.

Other popular options include using unlocked equity to buy an investment property (16% of homeowners), invest in shares (12%) and boost super balances (8%).

So how does ‘cashing out equity’ work?

It might sound complicated – but we promise it’s not.

Let’s say you bought an $800,000 house three years ago that, due to last year’s property price surge, is now worth $1 million.

And let’s also say you took out a $600,000 loan for that house, which you’ve managed to pay down to $500,000 (you little beauty!).

By refinancing that $500,000 loan into a $700,000 loan (70% of your property’s new market value), you can unlock $200,000 in equity to help fund a deposit for your renovations or to buy an investment property.

It’s also worth noting that banks will typically let you borrow up to 80% of a property’s market value.

So if you upped the ante and refinanced to an $800,000 loan, you’d be able to unlock $300,000 in equity.

Want to find out more about unlocking the equity in your home?

If it still all sounds a little confusing, don’t stress, we’d be more than happy to sit down with you and help you work out how much equity you can unlock.

And if you decide to proceed, the good news is part of the process can include refinancing your home loan.

Why’s that good news?

Well, just because interest rates are going up, doesn’t mean you can’t scope out a better deal on your mortgage. Competition amongst lenders remains fierce, particularly if you have a decent amount of equity and a strong track record of meeting your mortgage repayments.⁣

So if you’d like to explore your options when it comes to unlocking the equity potential in your home, get in touch today – we’d love to help you crunch the numbers.

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Here is what a couple of our clients have said about MAKE Finance Group.
  • Geoff at MAKE Finance Group made the process of purchasing an investment property a seamless process. Thanks for your patience Geoff. I would highly recommend Geoff and his team at MAKE for all your finance needs. Cathy, Warrnambool

  • Geoff and Christine helped me from the ground up with acquiring my first home loan, they helped me from the application process all through to small advice on how to take on the new world I've been introduced to. I am honestly glad to have been referred to MAKE Finance Group, I couldn't have found someone as thorough, professional and friendly to have helped me along the way. Paul, Albury  

  • Geoff and the team at MAKE Finance were unbelievably helpful when we needed to refinance our business loan. After a stressful and confusing ordeal with our existing lender, Geoff made re-financing so easy, and it tool very little work from our end to sort everything out. We are so happy with everything sorted and not having to worry about our finance arrangements. We would encourage anyone with any financing needs to go and see Geoff and the team at MAKE Finance, thanks Geoff! Philip and Jenni, Holbrook

  • Thank you to the team at MAKE Finance Group, for helping me purchase my first truck. I cannot thank them enough as they went above and beyond all my expectations and made the whole process easy and stress free, I would highly recommend them to anyone. Rob, Canberra

  • Applying for a business loan (direct through a Bank) was becoming a stressful and difficult task for us as everything had to be discussed over the phone followed by numerous paperwork. Geoff at MAKE Finance Group was our savior. Your personalised service made the application for our business loan & business vehicle loan so easy. We now operate a very successful business & we could not have done this without you. We love your work! Lloyd & Kristy Franchisee of Jim’s Mowing Wodonga East

  • “MAKE Finance Group were an absolute pleasure to deal with. Right from the very beginning, even when we were just asking questions as to how home loans work and how much we could afford, they made the process incredibly easy and put everything into terms that we could understand. There’s a lot involved with buying your first home, but it felt effortless with the superb help from both Jess & Geoff. MAKE Finance Group definitely come highly recommend from us – thanks guys!” Sophie & Zach, Albury

  • “Buying a new car was a big deal for me as I had a very strong love for my only car of 10 years.  I approached MAKE Finance Group to help me source a loan for my new car, and they made me feel 100% positive about making the change, as the process that they followed to obtain the loan was flawless. They came to me which I hugely appreciated, everything was in order and all follow ups and questions were answered without hesitation. I cannot recommend them enough for their professional and friendly service.” Stephanie, Albury

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