Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Commercial and some buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
Equity release can be utilised for a variety of purposes, including:
Adapting and upgrading a property so that the owner can remain for a longer period of time
To make up for pension deficits, increase disposable income, and improve quality of life
Paying off outstanding debts, such as mortgages, credit cards, and personal loans
Purchasing a new car or other major purchases
Paying for help around the house, such as domiciliary social care
Assisting a child or grandchild with a university education or a house deposit
A lifetime mortgage is the most common type of equity release. Customers who take up a lifetime mortgage keep full ownership of their house, and any interest on the loan can be paid as it accrues or rolled up and paid at the end.
When you die or move to permanent long-term care (or in the event of a couple, the last person residing in the home), your estate repays the loan and any outstanding interest.
The amount of money a customer can borrow is determined by factors such as their age, health, and the value of their home. Only persons over the age of 55 are often eligible for lifetime mortgages.
If you make the decision to take out either a lifetime mortgage or a home reversion, you must also take legal advice.
You will need to take legal advice before releasing equity from your home as Lifetime Mortgages and Home Reversion plans are not right for everyone.
A lifetime mortgage is not suitable for everyone and may affect your entitlement to means tested benefits, so it is important to seek financial advice before taking any action.
If you are considering releasing equity from your home, you should consider all options available before equity release.
The interest that may be accrued over the long term with a Lifetime Mortgage, may mean it is not the cheapest solution.
As interest is charged on both the original loan and the interest that has been added, the amount you owe will increase over time, reducing the equity left in your home and the value of any inheritance, potentially to nothing.
Although the final decision is yours, you are encouraged to discuss your plans with your family and beneficiaries, as a Lifetime Mortgage could have an impact on any potential inheritance.
We would also encourage you to invite them to join any meetings with your Financial Adviser so they can ask questions and join in the decision, as we believe it is better to discuss your decision with them before you go ahead.
We have handpicked our dedicated experts to help even more clients.
Our Equity Release specialists can assist with all your enquiries in this area.