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  • Top 3 ways to increase the equity in your property

    Top 3 ways to increase the equity in your property

    Equity is the difference between the current market value of the property and any amount still owed. The great thing is, you may be able to borrow a portion of your equity to fund your renovations, buy another property, consolidate debt,^ or fund something like a car. Keep in mind you still need to pay interest on any equity that you borrow.

    Read on for some smart ways to help increase the equity in your property:

    1. Renovate: 

    You could top up your loan to renovate, which may help increase your property's market value and in turn, its equity. Be cautious not to overcapitalise by spending too much on your renovations. As a general rule, experts suggest that you do not spend above 10% of the property value on a cosmetic renovation.

    2. Get a principal and interest loan: 

    The more you’ve paid off on your loan, the more equity you will have in your property. If your loan is set up as principal and interest, rather than interest only, you'll be able to pay off your home loan faster and reduce the overall amount of interest paid over the life of the loan. Principal and interest rates are also currently lower than interest only rates at the majority of lenders including RAMS.

    3. Make additional repayments: 

    If you happen to have extra funds, or money sitting in other transaction accounts, why not pop it into your home loan?* This will help to increase your equity and remember, you can redraw# these funds later if you need to.


    Things you should know: 

    Credit criteria fees and charges apply. ^Consolidating your short term debt into your home loan may extend the loan term of the short term debt and could result in more interest payments over the loan term. You should obtain independent professional advice relevant to your financial circumstances. 

    *Whilst variable loans do not have a limit of how much you can over pay, there is a prepayment threshold (usually $30,000) for fixed rate loans that you cannot exceed without paying break costs, which can be significant. Subject to RAMS’ approval.

    #Minimum redraw amounts and fees may apply. 

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    About the author

    • Raymond

      Raymond A Ram is the RAMbassador for RAMS Financial Group. Raymond works with the RAMS team to bring simple, helpful and expert information on home loans and savings accounts to life with his down to earth and cheeky personality. He enjoys seeing everyday Australians turn their dreams of saving for a goal or getting into a home a reality. 

      Growing up in Goulburn, NSW, Raymond was brought up with good old-fashioned Aussie values of hard work and a fair go. It soon became apparent that Raymond wasn't content for the conventional path of grazing, producing the very best wool, and finding a nice sheep to settle down with. So it wasn't long before his passion for performing and his talent as a likeable larrikin shone through - landing him a few roles such as 'RAMlet'. He was even tipped to play RAM-bo at one point but chose to become star of the small screen instead as RAMbassador for RAMS. He now finds this role so much more rewarding.

      Contact your local RAMS Home Loan Centre about your home loan options.

      Raymond A Ram

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    The information here is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute financial or tax advice. You should consult your professional adviser, accountant or taxation expert for advice specific to your personal circumstances.

    The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of RAMS Financial Group Pty Ltd ABN 30 105 207 538 (RAMS),  Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 (Westpac) or their related bodies corporate. This article is strictly for information purposes only and neither RAMS, Westpac nor any of their related bodies corporate make any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of the information in this article or endorse the views expressed in it.