What Is Equity?

by DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC on June 4, 2010

Most people with a passing familiarity with property ownership are aware of the concept of equity. Unfortunately, many first-time owners are less clear about what equity means, how it works, and what its overall value is. Because equity indicates the value an individual has accrued on his or her property, it is important to understand the concept.

Building Equity

Equity is the amount of a property or business a mortgage borrower owns. Typically, as a borrower pays off the principle of a mortgage loan, he or she directly owns more of the property. For example, if you have paid back $20,000 of a $100,000 mortgage loan, you effectively own $20,000 of the property, while the lending institution owns $80,000.

One of the main benefits of owning a home rather than renting is building up value over time. The more equity is built up in your home, the more actual value you have.

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