Your home is an investment, and the equity in your home is something you can and should use to reach your financial goals. Cash-out refinances and home equity loans are both ways you can get cash from your home to do things like renovate your home, pay for tuition or consolidate debt.
Let’s look at the differences between cash-out refinances and home equity loans so you can pick the one that’s right for you.
What Is A Cash-Out Refinance?
A cash-out refinance is a new first mortgage with a loan amount that’s higher than what you owe on your house.
You might be able to do a cash-out refinance if you’ve had your loan long enough that you’ve built equity. But most homeowners find that they’re able to do a cash-out refinance when the value of their home climbs. If you suspect that your home value has risen since you bought your home, you may be able to do a cash-out refinance.
When you do a cash-out refinance, you replace your existing mortgage with a new one. The loan amount on the new mortgage is higher than the amount you currently owe. After loan funds are disbursed, you pocket the difference between your new loan amount and your current loan balance (minus the equity you’re leaving in your home and any closing costs and fees, of course).
Here’s an example: Your home is worth $200,000 and you owe $100,000 on your mortgage. To take cash out, you usually need to leave 20% equity ($40,000) in the home. If you were to refinance your home with a new loan amount of $160,000, you’d get to pocket $60,000, minus closing costs and fees.
Equity Needed For Cash-Out Refi
When you do a cash-out refinance, you usually can’t get a loan for the entire value of the home. Many loan types require that you leave some equity in the home.
To qualify for a cash-out refinance, FHA and conventional loans require that you leave 20% equity in your home.