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Nancy Aborn Wuennemann
1/27/2023 0 Comments
it's all about the equity!
If you are a homeowner, your net worth got a BIG boost over the past few years thanks to rapidly rising home prices. Here is how it happened and what it means for you, even as the market moderates. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan.
Because there was a significant imbalance between the number of homes available for sale and the number of buyers looking to make a purchase over the past few years, home prices appreciated substantially.
While home price appreciation has moderated this year, and even depreciated slightly in some overheated markets, that does not mean you have lost all the equity you gained during the pandemic frenzy. To prove you still have equity you can use, the latest Homeowner Equity Insights from CoreLogic finds the average homeowner equity has actually grown by $34,300 over the past 12 months.
That is right, despite the headlines, the average homeowner still gained positive equity over the last year in just about every market. While the gains are not as dramatic as they were in the previous quarter due to home price moderation, they are still significant. In addition, if you have been in your home for longer than a year, chances are you have even more equity than you realize.
While that is the national number, if you want to know what happened over the past year in your area, look at the map below from CoreLogic:
Why This Is So Important Right Now
While equity helps increase your overall net worth, it can also help you achieve other goals, like buying your next home. When you sell your current house, the equity you have built up comes back to you in the sale, and it may be just what you need to cover a large portion – if not all – of the down payment on your next home.
If you have been holding off on selling because you were not sure what the headlines meant for your bottom line, rest assured you have still gained equity in recent years, and it can help fuel your move.
Planning to make a move in 2023? Now you have proof that the equity you have 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, shoot me a text, give me a call… let’s connect.
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