07/15/2014 10:52 am ET

Is Your Home Equity Part Of Your Retirement Savings?

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Dear Carrie,

Can I include the value of the equity in my house when I’m calculating how much I have set aside for retirement?

—A Reader

Dear Reader,

Great question. For many people, their home is their biggest investment, so it only makes sense to think of it as part of what you have “set aside.”

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