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How to tap your house for cash


Soaring home prices are making many homeowners wealthier and wealthier.

Those with mortgages — about 62% of all properties — saw their equity jump by 20% in the first quarter from a year earlier, according to CoreLogic. That represents an average gain of $33,400 in just that one year period.

Altogether, the amount of available, tappable equity has never been higher. As of the first quarter, homeowners held $8.1 trillion in equity to tap, the largest amount ever recorded, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and research firm.

Further, nearly half of all tappable equity, or the amount a homeowner can borrow against before hitting a maximum 80% combined loan-to-value ratio, is…


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