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How much is your home worth?

You’ll get instant feedback on your home’s value by entering your address into our online home value estimator tool.

Our proprietary value algorithm searches real estate values based on the market price of recently sold homes near yours to estimate the current market value of your home.

The home value estimator tool provides other valuable information about your home’s value:

  • How much your equity has grown since you bought your home.

    • Home equity is the difference between your home’s value and any loan balance. It can be a valuable tool for financial planning.
  • The highest sales price in your area.

    • You may get ideas for home improvements by researching the features of top-selling homes in your area.
  • The lowest sales price in your area.

    • Keeping track of lower-priced homes is a good way to tell if prices are starting to drop.

What is home value?

Home value is based on how much a buyer might be willing to pay for it. You may get a different estimate of your home’s value from a real estate agent or a property appraiser hired by a mortgage lender.

Online home value estimators, real estate agents and home appraisers review similar factors when calculating what they think your home is worth:

    • The market price of recent home sales with similar features
    • Real estate values in your area
    • Land value

To zero in on a more precise market value, real estate agents and appraisers consider additional factors, including:

    • How many homes are available for sale in your area
    • Square footage and size of your home
    • Condition of the home
    • Improvements and upgrades
    • Neighborhood features and amenities

What can you do with your home value estimate?

Once you have an estimate of what your home is worth, you can calculate how much home equity you have. Over time, each monthly payment helps grow your home equity, giving you a powerful tool for building wealth and financial security.

Below are examples of how to use home equity to achieve financial goals.

  • Refinance to tap home equity.

    You can consolidate debt, make home improvements, or budget for big life events like a wedding or college education with a refinance loan. The three most common types of loans for tapping home equity are cash-out refinances, home equity loans (HELs) and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs).

  • Cash-out refinance:

    A cash-out refinance is when you take out a loan for more than you currently owe, and pocket the difference in cash. You generally need at least 20% equity in your home to be eligible for a cash-out refi, and you can cash out up to 80% of your home’s value. Eligible military borrowers may cash-out up to 90% of their home’s value with a loan insured by the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Home equity loan (HEL):

    A home equity loan allows you to borrow home equity in one lump sum with a fixed-rate payment for a fixed term usually between five and 15 years.

  • Home equity line of credit (HELOC):

    A HELOC works like a credit card with a specific dollar amount, or credit line, you can borrow against. The interest rate is variable, but you can charge as much of the line as you need, when you need it, during the initial “draw period.” During this time, you make interest-only payments only on the amount borrowed (not the credit line amount). You can also make additional payments toward your principal amount. After the draw period ends, you’ll enter the repayment period in which you must pay down the principal amount and any outstanding interest.

  • Consider selling your home.

    Contact a real estate agent to discuss if now is a good time to sell your home and pocket the equity you’ve built. You can also use it to buy your next home.

  • Get rid of private mortgage insurance (PMI).

    You’re probably paying PMI if your down payment was less than 20% when you bought your home. If your home value is high enough, you might be able to cancel your PMI.

Other ways to find out what your home is worth

An online value estimator is a great tool to get a baseline estimate of your home’s value. For a more precise number, a more detailed analysis may be needed. Here are two such options:

Comparative market analysis.

Real estate agents have access to the most current market price data for homes and can produce a free report called a comparative market analysis (CMA). A CMA is like a home value map of homes similar to yours, and estimate your home’s value based on similar homes that have recently sold in your area.

Home appraisal

  • A home appraisal is a written report by a licensed property appraiser that follows a set of systems and procedures to develop an objective opinion of real property value. Unlike a free home value estimator, borrowers have to pay for an appraisal, which, on average, costs between $300 and $400, according to Angie’s List.

Are online home value estimates accurate? 

Home value home estimator strengths:

  • Quick estimates of how much home equity you have in your home
  • Initial research about how much home equity you can tap with a cash-out refinance, home equity loan or a HELOC
  • A quick gauge of whether values are going up enough to get rid of PMI

Comparative market analysis strengths:

  • A more precise report from a real estate professional about home sales trends in your area
  • Deciding if you should sell your home and how much to list it for
  • Seeing how your home stacks up against other homes in your area