House prices have gone up in many markets across the country and many of my clients are looking to capitalize on this. This chart illustrates what rising house prices could mean for you based on your home value and the rate of appreciation in your neighborhood.

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Here are two ways you may be able to benefit if your home has gone up in value:

1 – Cash-out Mortgage Refinance
You may be able to access some of your newly created home equity by refinancing your mortgage into a higher-balance loan. Cash-out proceeds may be used for:

  • Debt consolidation – pay off other debts with higher interest rates
  • Home improvements – make new indoor or outdoor improvements to your home
  • Any other purpose including other large upcoming expenses

2 – Sell Your Home with Tax-Free Capital Gains
If you’ve lived in your house as your primary residence for two out of the past five years, you may be able to sell it at a profit without having to pay any capital gains taxes.  The limitations on this are $500,000 of tax-free gains for married couples filing a joint tax return and $250,000 of tax-free gains for individuals or married couples filing separate tax returns.  For more details, see my article titled, How to Get the Primary Residence Capital Gains Tax Exclusion.

PLEASE NOTE: This article is provided for illustrative purposes only. It is not an offer or commitment to lend you money and it is not an advertisement for a specific mortgage or a specific interest rate. Payment examples don’t include property taxes and home insurance.

About the Author

David Reznikow is a loan officer at Fairway Independent Mortgage. A Brookline native and BHS graduate, Reznikow is currently a Newton resident but has remained part of the Brookline community. As a Brookline Chamber of Commerce Director and business member Reznikow has had the opportunity to add to the vibrancy and diversity of the business community while helping to raise funds for local charitable organizations through many Chamber initiatives. Both Reznikow’s parents have businesses in Brookline, still live in the home where they raised three children, and can often be found playing with their grandson, Cameron, at Dean Park.