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August 16, 2013

The Importance of Comparing Equity Release Schemes

Equity release schemesHome owners are able to cash in on the value of their property through an equity release scheme. They can do this without actually having to sell their property and find a new home. Two schemes exist to make this possible:

  • Reversion schemes
  • Lifetime mortgages

When you decide to release the equity of your home, deciding which option to go for is but one of many decisions you will have to make. This is why comparing equity release schemes is so important. You should seek not just financial advice, but legal advice as well. When you take money out of the value of your home, this could have a serious financial consequence and you have to be prepared for that.

Equity Release

Equity is surplus value in your property. A home that is worth £200,000 with a £100,000 mortgage has £100,000 in equity. However, equity release schemes aren’t available for anybody, but usually only to older people (over 55 for a lifetime plan and over 60 for a revision plan), who are unlikely to have a regular income.

Most people choose a lifetime mortgage. Here, you essentially take a loan out on the property, which remains yours. The debt has to be repaid when you die or go into long term care, meaning no monthly payments are needed. However, the interest does accumulate, which means you will owe a lot more than you originally owned. So, a £45,000 loan could turn into £152,387 after 25 years.

The drawdown version is the most popular lifetime mortgage. This is for those who don’t need a huge lump sum straight away. Instead, they can dip into a pot of money as and when needed. No interest is paid on the money that is not released.

The other option is the revision scheme. Only very few people use this. Here, you sell your home or part of it to a company, but you retain the right to live in that home. When you die or go into a home and sell the property, you only receive money on the percentage of the home you still own, which is often nothing. You also generally have to pay rent to the company that has purchased your home or part of your home from you.

Do bear in mind that releasing equity in your home can be costly. Usually, you will have to make at least a £1,500 fee and your financial adviser and solicitor will have fees as well.

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