Following on from the post on Friday regarding Aviva reducing its equity release interest rate on their Lifestyle Flexi plan (drawdown scheme), another lender has now followed suit.
LV= (Liverpool Victoria) today advised that it is also to drop its rates with effect from 1st February 2012 on both its Lifetime Mortgage – lump sum plan & the Flexible Lifetime Mortgage – drawdown scheme.
The corresponding rates are as follows: -
Lifetime Mortgage – lump sum – 6.39% (6.60% APR)
Flexible Lifetime Mortgage – 6.49% (6.8% APR)
Although interest rates are higher than the two largest providers – Aviva & Just Retirement, LV= do have some quality features that make it stand out from the crowd.
Firstly, their early repayment charges are fixed. This means that there is no link to gilt rates as the basis for the early repayment charge calculation, like Aviva & Just Retirement do.
LV=’s early repayment charges are known from the outset & are 5% in the first 5 years & 3% in the next 5 years. For some this can be reassuring news should their circumstances change in the future & early repayment is necessary.
LV= also allow partial repayments, subject to a minimum of £5,000 so if you are looking to work around potential early repayment this can be planned accordingly.
Equity Release Supermarket currently receive a free valuation with LV= with no current deadline. So now is as good a time as any to be considering an equity release application with the recent interest rate reductions across the board.
If you wish to obtain a quotation or advice on any of the LV= equity release schemes, please call our freephone 0800 678 5159 or email email@example.com.