‘House-rich’ Americans are sitting on nearly $30 trillion in home equity. Here’s how to tap it

Many Americans are house-rich, at least on paper.

Thanks to skyrocketing housing prices, homeowners are now sitting on nearly $30 trillion in home equity, according to the St. Louis Federal Reserve — just shy of the 2022 peak.

That’s roughly $200,000 cash per homeowner in equity that can be tapped, which is the amount most lenders will allow you to take out while still leaving 20% equity in the home as a cushion.

How to tap your home for cash

Up until last year, taking cash out by refinancing was a popular way to access the equity you’ve accumulated in your home. With mortgage rates currently over 7%, that’s suddenly a lot less appealing.


continue reading »