Comparing Cash-Out Refinancing with a Home Value Investment

If you have bills coming up but your checking account is feeling pinched, you’re not alone. Many homeowners in America are asset-rich and cash-poor, meaning most of their wealth is tied up in things they own, like their home. A cash-out refinance is one way homeowners can convert their largest asset – their home equity – into cash, but how does it compare to a Home Value Investment?

How does a cash-out refinance work?

A cash-out refinance loan replaces your current mortgage with a new loan that’s higher than the balance you owed before. The idea is you pay off your existing mortgage and have money left over to spend on other financial plans, but your new mortgage will come with a new interest rate and a new monthly payment (which generally increases along with loan size). You'll also need to have a certain amount of equity to make cash-out refinancing work. Generally, if the amount of cash you need would cause you to to dip below 20% equity in your home, a cash-out refinance may not be the best option for you.

How does a Home Value Investment work?

When you get a home equity sharing agreement, a partner like Noah will approve you for a maximum funding amount in exchange for a percentage of your home’s value. Unlike a cash-out refinance, a Home Value Investment does not have any interest or monthly payments associated with it for up to 10 years – instead, you’ll pay Noah back later based on the value of the home at that time. If it’s grown in value, we’ll share in the gains with you. If it’s decreased in value, we’ll also share in those losses alongside you.

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Here’s a comparison of a Home Value Investment from Noah compared to a standard cash-out refinance.
NOAH
CASH-OUT REFINANCE
NOAH
CASH-OUT REFINANCE
Interest rate
0%
3.9% to 4.5%
Interest rate
0%
3.9% to 4.5%
DTI
Up to 60%
Up to 43%
DTI
Up to 60%
Up to 43%
Monthly payments
No
Yes
Monthly payments
No
Yes
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Eligibility criteria and costs for each comparable financing option were sourced in July 2020 from various sources and are meant to be used as estimates only; they are not quotes for financing. Approval for a Home Value Investment from Noah depends on a variety of eligibility criteria.