Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Earn Residual Income from Home Equity

Earn Residual Income from Home Equity by Sherman Choo

Many people take advantage from the equity earned from their home ownership to borrow money for vacations, remodeling or major purchases. Others have found they can use that equity to help build residual income.

The home equity is calculated based on the difference in what the home is worth and how much is owed to pay off the mortgage. Typically, a lender will allow a homeowner to borrow up to 80 percent of the equity in the home, while a few will go higher.

While borrowing money to invest is not usually advised, since a sudden swing in the market in which you invest could leave you holding the second mortgage with no return to show, planning to enter the market on a long-term investment may provide you with some residual income from your home's value.

For example, if you are able to borrow on the equity of your house at an annual percentage rate of five percent and can invest with a guaranteed return of seven percent, the rate you earn will generate more income than the cost of the capital invested. However, keep in mind that market fluctuations may result in a lowered return as the risk of investment rises.

You are still going to pay the first and second mortgages at the rate upon which you agreed to with the lender. Your investment, if in stocks, could take a nose-dive and is why it is not recommended. However, having an opportunity to purchase stocks at a vastly reduced rate, such as exercising the purchase of previously acquire options, with no hold limits on the stock, it may prove a good move to build residual income.

Theoretically, if you have options to buy stock at 50 percent of their current value, and no hold restrictions attached to exercising those options, receiving a short-term low-interest loan to purchase them and immediately selling them at the current rate to pay off the loan could realize a decent gain, once the cost of the loan is deducted.

The profit from the sale can then be placed in a more conservative investment in order to build residual income for the future. In this scenario, borrowing to build residual income from your home equity may be a sensible move.

For those looking for a more lucrative return on their investment may choose a riskier opportunity, as long as they realize that the higher the desired residual income, the higher the risk involved and that ratio has to be factored in to the potential return.

Everything associated with building residual income has a certain degree of risk to be factored in, as well as the cost of each transaction made. However, if all those risks and costs are factored in to the formula, investments can reasonably be expected to help generate residual income.

About the Author

Sherman Choo is a creator of "Internet Membership Income" systems, the best type of money to make online

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