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A potential home buyer is reflected in a mirror during an open house. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Homeowners are sitting on a record amount of equity, but this time they’re stubbornly reluctant to borrow against it.

Strong home price appreciation has handed Americans more than $5.8 trillion of equity they could be tapping and aren’t, more than double the level in 2011, according to data provider Black Knight Inc. At least part of that reluctance stems from rising rates, which means debt carrying adjustable rates will keep growing more expensive.

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