The amount of equity you own is the term used to describe the value of a home less any mortgage or secured pending on it. Equity release allows you to free up this money tied up within your home.
The equity release process will allow you to receive a tax free, lump sum of capital allowing you to spend it in whatever way that you choose.
An obvious disadvantage is that you will not be able to hand down all of your property to your offspring. Nevertheless, you do get to live out the remainder of your life in your home, rent free or till you move into elderly care.
If you are considering an equity release scheme, the best way to get started would be to approach an expert. Some organisations which provide equity release schemes also provide a free consultation, so remember to take advantage of their services. Some research of the advisor would be of benefit as they must be regulated by the FSA (Financial Services Authority) & have an individual registration number with them. The equity release adviser should therefore be found on the FSA website register.
Ensure they are independent, which means they are free to deal with ANY equity release provider in the market. So ask. Some companies purport to be whole of market, however upon closer analysis they only deal with a handful of companies. You may therefore be missing out on a beneficial feature of an equity release scheme that they do not have available. This could save you £1000's in the long run & could prove costly if the wrong equity release plan was chosen.
Your advisor will let you in on all the vital details regarding the procedure. This will be after the equity release adviser has collated all the necessary facts regarding one’s current situation. Guarded with this information, & any soft facts provided such as ‘how important is that you leave part or all of your property to your beneficiaries?’ will be asked. Also income & whether you are in receipt of means tested benefits is important as this will reflect on which equity release schemes are advised upon. The equity release consultant can then document & record this stage of the lifetime mortgage process.
Once an accurate financial picture has been ascertained & observed the clients objectives, the equity release adviser can then discuss the mortgage options available. These would include an explanation of the various schemes available to suit. Included in this would be roll-up equity release schemes, home reversion plans & interest only lifetime mortgages such as the Halifax Retirement Home Plan or the Stonehaven Interest Select.
You do not have to give them an instant decision; after all, going for an equity release scheme is a big decision and something which should not be rushed into.
Upon presentation of the equity release advisers recommendations a Key Facts Illustration must be offered to you. This would include a summary of the scheme in principle, costs & charges, future balance & the commission payable by the lifetime mortgage providers. This is quite a comprehensive overview of the scheme & covers the finer details, as well as the main features, such as the no negative equity guarantee & early repayment charges etc.
Once you have made your decision, all you have to do is simply call your advisor and give them the go ahead. They will have all your paperwork taken care of, contact your solicitor and keep you updated about everything, right to the time that you get your money released.
A professional & courteous adviser will confirm the funds have been released & offer any after care service in the future; for example when additional funds are required such as on a drawdown equity release scheme.
As a company Equity Release Supermarket keep contact with its clients to advise on new products & interest rates in the future as it is important to keep abreast of the market as & when more competitive products become available.
Independent & award winning equity release specialist Equity Release Supermarket offer all the above benefits & quality of service that the testimonials at the bottom of the home page illustrate.
To discuss your options in the release of equity from your property call freephone 0800 678 5159 today or alternatively complete our contact form & one of our advisers will be in touch.