Equity release is most commonly recommended as a lifetime mortgage that allows clients aged 55+ to release tax-free money from their main residence. With equity release, you’ll maintain full ownership of the property and you can choose whether to make monthly payments, like a regular mortgage, or not.
In this article, we’ll examine the pros and cons of equity release plans.
Here at UK Moneyman, we are one of a limited number of mortgage advisors in the UK that can consider the full range of later life mortgage products.
The full range, in order of consideration, is a regular mortgage which, in some cases, can run until age 85, the wide collection of more specialist retirement interest only mortgage products (RIOs) and lifetime mortgages, including equity release plans.
Our specialist later life team will recommend the most appropriate product or combination of products for your personal situation. It’s important to remember that equity release is not the only answer, and another option may suit your circumstances and needs better.
You are only able to release equity, via an equity release plan, from your main residence, not a second home or buy to let property. Regular mortgage options maybe more suitable in these situations.
There are many reasons our clients choose to release equity, the main ones being home improvements, divorce in later life, repaying an existing mortgage, gifting money to family and to supplement pension income.
Equity release plans are flexible, you can choose to take the money as a lump sum or in smaller chunks as and when required. Our equity release advice team will recommend the best way forward.
Firstly, you can arrange your free, no-obligation consultation with our later life team. You can book this via telephone or online. We’ll answer all your questions and give you an idea about the products available to you, associated fees, and how much you’ll be able to release.
Following your initial meeting, if you decide to go ahead with us, your advisor will arrange a longer follow up meeting to run through things in more detail and get prepared for an application.
Along the process, we’ll make it as stress free for you as possible. We’ll help you with everything from arranging solicitors and any valuation/legal hurdles.
Equity release is a big decision; therefore, we encourage family members to be involved in the conversations from the get-go. Family members can be a huge help when going through the application process and always have lots of important questions.
Involving family members in the process will give you peace of mind that you have chosen the right company and help with the understanding of some of the pros and cons of the plan.
Your family members will, most probably, have their own questions also which we’ll be more than happy to answer.
With our video software, we can add multiple family members to the calls and discussions easily.
If you feel ready to take the next step with us, we’d love to hear from you. You can telephone or book online to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation where we can discuss your later life mortgage options.
We’ll answer all your questions and recommend a way forward. We don’t need anything in the call other than your ages and your address.
Evening calls are available to fit around any work or children’s commitments also.
To understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration. Equity Release may come in the form of a lifetime mortgage or home reversion plan.
A lifetime mortgage may impact the value of your estate and it could affect your entitlement to current and future means tested benefits. The loan plus accrued interest will repayable upon death or moving into long term care.
A home reversion plan involves selling all or part of your home to a plan provider in exchange for a tax-free lump sum.