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How to Turn Your House into an Asset

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/19/2006 | Entrepreneur

If you own your own home you should be proud of yourself. Most people work years and years to pay off a mortgage and feel a sense of accomplishment when theyve made their last mortgage payment. 

However, many people also struggle to keep themselves afloat financially when they are working towards a mortgage-free life. There is a better way and its often the way that wealthy individuals got started. Using your home as an asset, instead of a liability, can have a huge impact on your financial forecast.

If youve been paying a mortgage for a number of years than youve built up some equity in your home; think about using this. If you take a percentage of the equity youve acquired out of your home and use it to make other investments.

This is appealing for a number of reasons including the fact that you wont have to borrow additional funds to fund your investments. You will be using your own equity which youve already worked to acquire.

One effective way to use the equity you have in your home to increase your net worth is to purchase additional real estate. This may be in the form of either commercial or residential properties. You can secure a property by using the equity as a down payment. There are several approaches to making money using this approach. One is to rent out the properties to pay for the mortgage until the property is paid for and can be sold. The other is to purchase a property that you know that you can make a profit within a short period of time. The latter is especially relevant when the real estate market is enjoying an upsurge. 

If you are interested in other forms of investment you can still make your home equity work for you. In many cases the equity that you withdraw from your home can be done so with very appealing repayment terms. Many lending institutions will offer you a much lower interest rate than youd be expecting to pay with a traditional type of loan. In some cases, you will only be required to pay for interest charges and not the principal.

If you are able to secure a home equity loan with an open repayment schedule you can pay off the loan as soon as youve reaped some benefits from your investments. In other words, you can use the funds to make money and then repay the entire amount without any penalty.

Although its a great feeling to pay off your home as soon as possible, consider the idea of using the equity you have built up to increase your financial position. Instead of leaving the equity to sit stagnant utilize it so you can begin to reach your full financial potential.

You can do this over and over again as you built up more equity. Many wealthy individuals have seen the potential in this approach and have used it to create a solid financial foundation from which to build upon.