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Should I buy a home with an asset-based loan?

For people who have a lot of equity in other assets such as stocks or collectibles, borrowing against the value of those assets might be a good way to go to finance the purchase of a home.  There are several major considerations with asset-backed loans.  The primary one is leverage. 

The idea of an asset-backed loan is that you have one or more assets with a value sufficient to borrow against for buying a home.  You get a small portion of the value of those assets which is borrowed at a rate higher than typical loan rates.  The lender has the right to liquidate the assets should you default on the loan.  Why would you do all this?

Here are some reasons for using an asset-based loan to buy a home:

  • You hold stocks or other investments that have lost value but could recover in the future
  • You hold stock that could be sold in the future (e.g. pre-IPO)
  • You have a collection of artwork or other collectibles you don't want to sell

Any of these reasons is good enough to use this tactic.  You could even have other real estate investments that lost value but could recover in the future.  Borrowing against those has both leveage and tax advantages.  Consult your tax advisor for insights into what strategy is best to pursue.

I can recommend people who have experience in arranging asset-based loans.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in discussing prior to buying a home, call me and I will refer you to well-qualified advisors on how these loans work.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsBryan Robertson • September 29 2012 02:49PM


Bryan - This is a great way for buyers to go that have stocks, bonds, or other assets that they don't want to sell right now, but if they were liquidated would give them the cash to buy real estate.  Excellent information for buyers to have!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Great information many may not think about when deciding on purchasing a home. Anyone looking to buy a Los Altos home for sale with an asset based loan would be wise to call you!

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) over 6 years ago

I think this is a great idea and I am not ashamed to say I have never had experience in this type of loan. I will however learn it and implement it in the future. Thanks for this little tidbit.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 6 years ago

Bryan, what a great idea!  It seems like we learn something new every day arounnd here.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hey, Bryan, I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Great piece of information, explained very well.

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) over 6 years ago

Bryan, great share..I have a buyer doing this now but wasn't familiar with it until i talked to their lender...very timely.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Bryan - really interesting.. I am going to ask our local mortgage person about this and see how it is handled.. great post.

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Bryan - this strategy is a great way to maximize your mortgage interest deduction if the lender securitizes the house in addition to the other assets!

Posted by Phil Caulfield, I Get The Loans Done That The Big Banks Don't! (Guarantee Mortgage) over 6 years ago

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