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No monthly repayments
Equity release is a way of releasing the wealth tied up in your property without having to sell it and move to another home. It is designed to help homeowners aged 55 years or over who either own their property outright, or have relatively small mortgages left to pay.
Different Types of Equity Release Schemes
A lifetime mortgage allows you to release a lump sum of cash or extra income from the value of your property. There are no regular repayments to make as the amount is repaid from the money made when the property is sold. Generally this is when you pass away, move into long-term care or permanently leave the property.
Drawdown lifetime mortgage
This is similar to the standard lifetime mortgage. However, with the drawdown lifetime mortgage, you can access your money with more flexibility. Rather than just receiving a one-off lump sum, you have the option to release your cash over time, as and when you need it. Because you only pay interest on the cash that you have taken, these plans can often prove to be more cost-effective and at the same time provide peace of mind that there are funds for future needs should they arise.
Interest-only lifetime mortgage
This is similar to a standard lifetime mortgage, however, you can choose to make repayments in full or as and when you like to reduce the overall cost and impact on the value of your estate.
Some plans allow you to make repayments that are equal to or less than the amount of interest that is charged. The balance is paid off from the value of your estate once you have died or have moved into long-term care.
To supplement your pension income and cover living expenses
To maintain your standard of living
To carry out some home improvements
Help family members, such as children or grandchildren get on the property ladder
To settle a repayment mortgage or clear the balance on an interest-only mortgage
Consolidating loans and credit cards
To take that holiday of a lifetime
Equity release plans are not right for everyone and it is important that you fully consider your options and receive independent financial advice before making a decision. It is also important that, if you do decide to use an equity release product, we need to be sure it’s one that meets your needs.
Remember that taking an equity release plan is generally a long term option. However, there are flexible plans available that may fit your varying needs and some will allow you to repay in the future without any penalties. A professional adviser can help you to choose the plan that is right for you.