Using Equity to Buy a Second Home

July 10th 2020 | Categories: Home Loans & Leveraging Equity |

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Many Australians aim to pay off their mortgage sooner so that they can be debt-free. However, many haven’t considered the hidden potential of equity in their home loan. Tapping into this hidden potential may allow you to purchase a second property (or other investment) which could generate an income.


In this article we cover:


What is Home Equity?

Home equity is the difference between the value of your property and any debts on the property.

There are two ways of increasing home equity. Your home equity can increase when the market value of your home increases and when the amount of outstanding debts decreases.

For instance, you bought a home for $650,000 8 years ago on a $500,000 mortgage, the property value has gone up in value over that time and is now valued at $750,000, over the 8 years you have also paid $200,000 off your loan.

Most lenders work on an 80% loan to value) ratio. In this instance, 80% would be $600k meaning they have $300k in equity.


Value = $750,00

80% of value = $600,000

Remaining loan = $300,000

Available Equity= $300,000


You can also use the equity in an investment property to buy another investment property, and you may choose to keep the first property or sell at any point.


Why is Buying a Second Home Advantageous?

Buying a second home could be advantageous for many reasons. Firstly, it can help provide some flexibility, for example, you may decide to buy a second home in a holiday location or want to upgrade into a larger home and rent out your first home. It and can provide some added security if you ever need something to fall back on financially and don’t want to sell the house you live in. Buying a second home also offers specific tax advantages to the buyers.

The biggest advantage of buying a second home however is the impact it can have on your retirement plan. For example, if you pay both your first home and your second home off by the time you retire you will be able to use the rental income from your investment property as an income stream in retirement.


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Accessing your available equity

A common method to unlock the home equity in the first home and use it to buy your second home is by refinancing your existing loan. You may decide to approach your current lender or a new lender and renegotiate a loan that covers both the existing debt and the mortgage on the new property. This may also be a good time to lock in a low-interest rate as rates are at an all-time low.


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You can download a copy of our refinancing guide here.


How an advisor can help you manage your equity

Utilising your available home equity can be a great way to make an investment that will grow and produce income over time. However, the process can be complex and there are risks involved.

An adviser will also be able to ensure that your loan is structured correctly. They will be able to assist in keeping all deductible & non-deductible debts segregated by using separate loan splits, this will make managing taxes easier as the tax-deductible portion will be easily identifiable.

Working with a financial planner will help you to understand if this financial strategy will work for you and your goals.

If you do come to the decision that it is the right strategy for you, your adviser will help you through all the calculations of deposits, repayments and fees etc., as well as investment income forecasting. They also work in conjunction with lending advisers to find you the best loan option for your situation and will help you through the whole application process.


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Taking Advantage of Low-Interest Rates

With current low-interest rates making home loans more affordable, now may be a good time to make use of home equity to buy a second home.

As you would when entering into any type of investment or debt, you do need to ensure you have the stability to meet repayment responsibilities. However, if you are in a stable financial position to consider debt recycling as a means to make an investment, we suggest speaking with a financial planner to see how you can take advantage of the current climate.


For more information on the outlook of interest rates, click here.


You may also be interested in our articles:

Lowest interest rates yet – what does that mean and how can you take advantage of it

Taking advantage of low-interest rates


Debt Recycling allows you to use the equity within your home loan to make investments.

Click to download our Introductory Guide to Debt Recycling.


If you would like to discuss how you can leverage your home equity or if buying a second home is the right investment choice to you, one of our advisers will be able to assist.


Contact us today for a complimentary initial consultation.

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What you need to know

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