Equity Release & Lifetime Mortgages
As you enter later life, you may want to release some of the equity in your home. This is a big step to take, so it’s important that you take independent financial advice.
Equity release schemes are becoming an important part of retirement planning – they can be used to make your retirement more comfortable, and to open up exciting new possibilities
Our main residence is often the single largest asset that we own, and releasing the value held in the property can assist in financing a range of needs for later in life without the need to sell the home or borrow from other sources. For example, as you get older, you may need to pay for long term care bills, adaptations to your home, or perhaps for more enjoyable things like a new car or a conservatory.
However, once you’ve retired and don’t have a regular income from employment, it’s not always easy to borrow money or put savings to one side. Releasing the equity in your home can be the ideal solution – but it’s a big decision.
There are three main types of equity release product on the market today. Our experts can help you choose what’s best for your specific requirements.
- Home reversion plans – you sell your home (or a share of it), in return for a lump sum or monthly income (or a combination of both). Technically you become a tenant, living in your own home. When the property is sold (usually after your death), the reversion company will be paid.
- Home income plans – you take out a mortgage against your home and use the money to buy an annuity. The annuity guarantees you an income for life. Interest on the mortgage is deducted from that monthly income (the capital sum is usually only repaid from the sale proceeds from your house, normally after you die).
- Lifetime mortgages – you receive a lump sum or monthly income (or both) and pay nothing – the interest on that money is ‘rolled up’ into the loan. The amount borrowed plus that interest is repaid out of the proceeds from the sale of the property after you die.
We work with outside firms to be able to assist with all forms of equity release, ensuring that particular attention is given to the risk and suitability of entering these arrangements as we consider your needs and the legacy that you aim to leave.
Generally, lenders won’t advance more than 50% of the value of your property, and how much you can borrow depends on the value of your home and your age. The older you are, the higher the percentage of your property’s value you can borrow.
To talk through the various options and discuss which might be right for you, call us today for a chat with one of our experts.