Equity is the difference between your home's market value and the amount you still owe on your home loan.
You can borrow against this equity to buy an investment property, do renovations or for any other purpose.
Two popular ways to access your home’s equity are by refinancing or by taking out an equity loan.
This involves replacing your existing home loan with a new one, ideally with better terms and conditions and a lower interest rate. Because it involves just one loan with ongoing repayments, it can be easier to manage than an equity loan.
An equity loan is a separate loan you take out in addition to your home loan. It’s often a line of credit which gives you approval to borrow up to a certain amount. You can then choose how much of this you borrow and you only pay interest on what you use.
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