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A system of equity release is used to make use of the monetary value of an owner’s property, while not relinquishing their owner’s rights to the property. Equity is a method financing that allows the property owner to weigh the value of the property against other investment. A vehicle or private home that has been fully paid for by the owner is considered to be part of their equity, because the owner can liquidate the property for monetary assets without another individual’s consent. The word refers specifically to their undivided rights to the property’s value. These value can be weighed against outstanding debts.

In the case of equity release, the owner of the property continues to maintain their access rights to the property, but takes on a debt to be paid at a later date. Frequently, someone who needs cash will mortgage their home so that someone else takes on partial ownership in exchange for liquid assets. This is frequently a financing method used by older individuals, who are essentially trading exchanging their homes at a later date, usually when they have passed away, for some useable funds, now.

It has several advantages besides access to liquid assets. Because some of the property is no longer in their name, responsible equity release can alleviate some of the property tax that the owner must pay. Equity release can also be used in business as an investment, to free up capital for investment. Expenses that don’t have any return on capital are a business liability, so it is a great advantage to be able to still mobilize those resources so that investment that doesn’t normally generate very much return but is still necessary, like infrastructure, can still pay for itself.

This type of liquidation of assets is also at the core of an understanding of a declaration of bankruptcy. In order to be functionally bankrupt, the potential equity release of all assets must first be exhausted. In the event that the value of the property is less than the debt owed, the individual also loses their residual claim to the home equity and is evicted. For this reason, finance equity of homes is also referred to as risk capital.

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