APPRECIATION Definition

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APPRECIATION is the increase in the value of an asset in excess of its depreciable cost, which is due to economic, and other conditions, as distinguished from increases in value due to improvements or additions made to it.

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HOME EQUITY LOAN is a type of loan in which the borrower uses the equity in their home as collateral. These loans are sometimes useful to help finance a business, major home repairs, medical bills or college education.

BENCHMARK is a study to compare actual performance to a standard of typical competence; or, a standard for the basis of comparison as being above, below or comparable to.

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