Increase in the value of property caused by inflation. For example, John buys a home for $150,000. Because of inflation, the home is worth $200,000 five years later. The inflation equity in the home is $50,000($200,000-$150,000). Inflation equity may be used to acquire a second mortgage or a home equity loan; however, the lender risks losing its equity collateral if the housing market experiences a slowdown and the home's value recedes back to its uninflected equity value.