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Equity Release Calculator Range

Updated February 2021

You can quickly calculate how much equity you could release from your home with our equity release calculator range. To get you started, why not use our quick calculator, to get an idea of the maximum you could borrow?


To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with equity release, you simply need to input the following:

  • The value of your property, which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK
  • The age of the youngest homeowner, which must be at least 55
  • Your postcode, to understand the location of the property

We need this information as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Your equity release calculator results not only show you how much you could borrow with a lifetime mortgage (the most popular type of equity release plan), but you can also see how much money you could get using an enhanced plan (if you have any health conditions) and an interest-only plan (where you make monthly interest repayments).

At Equity Release Supermarket, we offer you a comprehensive equity release calculator range, so that you can get an idea of how much money you could receive across all the different lifetime mortgages available as well as from retirement interest-only (RIO) mortgages.

To help you understand how equity release could affect you in the future, we’ve also developed a range of analysis calculators.

All of our equity release calculators are listed at the side of this page.

That depends upon the type of equity release plan you are interested in. If you’re not sure, why not learn more about our range of plans first?

Lifetime mortgages, (the most popular type of equity release plans), are a way for homeowners who are 55+ to access some of the equity that has built up in their homes over the years as they have gradually repaid their mortgages.

For example, if your home is worth £300,000 and you have fully repaid your mortgage, then you have £300,000 of equity in your property.

Read more about how they work and the different types of plans that are available on our Lifetime Mortgages page.

If you’d like to research all the lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Standard Lump Sum Calculator

Lump sum lifetime mortgages allow you to borrow the maximum available to you, as a single, ‘one-off’ lump sum payment.

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with a lump sum lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Your equity release calculator results not only show you how much you could borrow with a lump sum plan, but you can also see how much money you could get using an enhanced plan (if you have any health conditions) and an interest-only plan (where you make regular interest repayments).

Lump sum lifetime mortgages are the most popular type of equity release plan and are sometimes called ‘standard’ plans, as they are the simplest type of scheme. There are typically no monthly repayments to make as the interest accruing ‘rolls up’ and is repaid with the initial amount borrowed when the plan ends. (Usually when the last homeowner dies or moves into long term care.)

Because of their simplicity, lump sum plans tend to offer lower interest rates and lenders often allow you to borrow more. Many now come with flexible repayment options, which can be ideal if you wish to protect your inheritance.

Lump sum lifetime mortgages could also be the ideal solution if you have ‘big ticket’ plans for your money such as repaying your mortgage or helping children with a deposit for their first home.

If you’d like to research the range of lump sum lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Interest Only Calculator

With an interest only lifetime mortgage, you repay the interest accruing on your plan every month. That way, when your plan ends, only the amount you initially borrowed is repayable to the lender.

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with an interest-only lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Interest-only lifetime mortgages allow you to make regular interest payments on the money you have released and so tend to suit our customers who have a healthy disposable income.

They are often used to repay existing interest-only mortgages or capital and repayment mortgages where the existing lender won’t extend the mortgage into retirement. They could be an ideal solution to this particular problem because you don’t have to pass any lender affordability checks with a lifetime mortgage.

Or they can simply be used to maximise your inheritance. That’s because by maintaining regular monthly interest repayments, your balance will remain level throughout. So, as long as payments are maintained, when your plan ends, you will only have to repay the original amount released.

If you’d like to research the range of interest-only lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Enhanced/Ill-Health Calculator

With an enhanced plan, if you have certain pre-existing health conditions, the lender could allow you to borrow more, or you could access a lower interest rate.

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with an enhanced lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Facts show that the number of health conditions increase as we grow older. For this reason, ironically a history of ill-health could actually be beneficial if you’re planning to use equity release to help supplement your retirement income, or pay for big ticket items such as home improvements and adaptations.

Simply because having health conditions could allow you to release more money. Using similar underwriting as annuities, life expectancy can also be used to determine the size of your equity release.

Enhanced (or ill health) plans are only available if you have one or more of a range of health or lifestyle conditions. These vary from ones that you may be managing with prescription medication through to serious illnesses.

Making lifestyle choices, such as smoking or having a high body mass index also qualify.

If you’d like to research the range of enhanced lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Home Reversion Calculator

Home reversion was the original equity release scheme. Not popular now, you sell a % of your home to the lender in return for a lifetime tenancy.

To get an idea of how much you could money you could access with a home reversion plan, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £80,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 60), your postcode (to understand where you live), the % of your home’s equity you want to release (up to 100%) and whether you are applying by yourself or in joint names – as these are the criteria that home reversion providers use when deciding how much money you can release.

Home reversion plans were the forerunner of today’s modern lifetime mortgages. They have declined in popularity over recent years as lifetime mortgages now offer bigger lump sums and a range of flexible features that can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

That said, home reversion plans could still be an option to consider, dependent upon your property type and if you want to guarantee an inheritance for your loved ones.

If you’d like to research the range of home reversion schemes that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plans available and their features from all the lenders.


Buy-To-Let Calculator

Specialist plans that enable landlords to access some of the equity in their property portfolios.

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with a buy to let lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Unlike other types of buy to let mortgage, we don’t need to know your current rental income as lenders don’t consider this when deciding how much they will lend.

If you have a single buy-to-let property or even an established property portfolio, you could use equity release as a way to raise capital funds.

These specialist plans are designed to help landlords develop their buy-to-let (BTL) property portfolios, which, in turn, could ultimately benefit their tax and retirement planning.

Rather than selling your existing buy-to-let property to raise funds for retirement, thus potentially incurring capital gains tax, landlords are increasingly using equity release to help mitigate their tax position.

By taking a tax-free lump sum from your BTL property investment, the rental income is unaffected, and the cash could be used to invest in further properties, or for lifestyle purposes as required.

If you’d like to research the range of buy to let lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Second/Holiday Home Calculator

Specialist plans that allow people with other homes they don’t rent out, to access some of the money from the equity in the property.

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with a second/holiday home lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

If you have a second or holiday home, you could use equity release as a way to raise capital funds.

These specialist plans are designed to help second homeowners access the money tied up in the value of their second property. Where homeowners are sometimes reluctant to secure anything against their main residence, equity can be released against a 2nd home instead.

Just as with any other lifetime mortgage – the most popular type of equity release plan, the money released is tax-free and yours to spend as you wish.

While the range of plans for second and holiday homes is not as extensive as it is for those wanting to release equity against their main residence, there are still plenty of options to meet your individual needs. Additionally, these plans come with competitive rates and flexible features.

If you’d like to research the range of second or holiday home lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Monthly Income Calculator

Income plans are special types of lifetime mortgage and are designed to provide a regular, monthly income to support your other retirement income(s).

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with an income lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the value of your property (which must be a minimum of £100,000 to a maximum of £4m), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55 and up to 90), your postcode (to understand where you live) and finally the term over which you would like to receive your income (which can be 10, 15, 20 or 25 years) as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Income lifetime mortgages are designed to help homeowners aged over 55 to draw a regular income from the equity in their homes, as opposed to the other lifetime mortgage that are available that allow you to borrow lump sums of money.

Income lifetime mortgages are currently only offered by Legal and General, one of the largest lifetime mortgage lenders and their income plans allow you to draw a fixed income from the equity in your home over different fixed periods of time. You can choose to receive your tax-free income over 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

If you don’t need a large amount of money to pay for one-off expenses and would prefer the security of having a regular income paid into your bank each month, rather like a top up to your existing pension, then an income lifetime mortgage could be ideal for you. Income lifetime mortgages can also be designed to provide a combination of both a lump sum and income if there are requirements for both. One of our expert independent advisers can help in tailoring a plan for you.

If you’d like to research the range of income lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.


Retirement Interest Only Calculator

Mortgages that allow you to carry an existing interest only mortgage into retirement. By repaying the interest accruing each month, only the initial amount borrowed is repayable when the mortgage ends.

To get an idea of the maximum you could potentially borrow with a retirement interest only mortgage – (RIO), you simply need to input the value of your property, the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be typically at least 50) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are some of the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Retirement interest only - RIO - mortgages have been specifically designed to help homeowners whose current interest-only mortgages are coming to an end to carry them forward into retirement. RIO’s can offer an alternative to equity release, where disposable income is available to meet regular lifetime monthly payments.

RIO’s work in the same way as an interest-only mortgage, whereby the accruing interest on the amount borrowed is repaid each month, however the main difference is the fact that RIO’s have no end date, or fixed term. As a result, RIO’s and interest-only mortgages differ in the way the loan is repaid. With a conventional interest-only mortgage, the balance is repaid at the end of the term agreed with the lender. With a RIO mortgage, the balance is repaid in the same way as a lifetime mortgage, which is when you die or move into long term care.

RIO mortgages are typically offered by smaller building societies and it’s important to remember that they are residential mortgages. Which means that you must pass the lender’s affordability checks to qualify and your home may be repossessed if you don’t keep up your monthly interest repayments.

If you’d like to research the range of retirement interest only - RIO - mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the mortgage interest rates, along with their features and any offers from all the lenders across the retirement interest only – RIO - mortgage marketplace.


Drawdown Calculator

Once an initial amount is borrowed, the remainder the provider will lend you is held by them until you need it. Borrowing smaller amounts over time reduces the final amount of interest to be repaid when the plan ends.

To get an idea of the maximum you could borrow with a drawdown lifetime mortgage, you simply need to input the estimated value of your property (which must be a minimum of £70,000 and in the UK), the age of the youngest homeowner (which must be at least 55) and your postcode (to understand where you live) – as these are the criteria that lenders use when deciding how much money you can borrow.

Your drawdown equity release calculator results are shown instantly and all in an easy to read table.

Drawdown lifetime mortgages are the most popular type of equity release plan and it’s easy to see why.

Once the lender has determined the maximum they will lend you, this is placed in a ‘cash reserve’ facility with them.

Initially you have to borrow a minimum of £10,000 from your ‘cash reserve’, but then after that you are free to borrow as much as you like and as many times as you want to – until your cash reserve is fully used.

The minimum additional borrowing is typically £2,000, which means you can take smaller amounts for smaller expense items, without having to take more than needed.

There is no additional charge for making withdrawals, but the interest rate charged is the one that is current at the time – which may be different from the interest rate at the time you first borrowed.

Once set up with the lender, the money is usually received in your bank account within in a couple of weeks.

As interest is only charged on the amount you borrow (not on money in your cash reserve), this will reduce the final amount of interest to be repaid if you borrow in a series of drawdowns over time - rather than in one large lump sum.

If you are claiming any means-tested benefits, a drawdown lifetime mortgage may not affect your claim as the amount borrowed could be managed to keep under eligibility thresholds – which your local Equity Release Supermarket adviser will be able to talk through with you in detail.

If you’d like to research the range of drawdown lifetime mortgages that are currently available, then feel free to use our ‘Compare Deals’ functionality which is only available at Equity Release Supermarket.

You’ll be able to see the plan interest rates and their features from all the lenders across the equity release marketplace.

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