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Some Crucial Benefits of Halifax Equity Release

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The Halifax equity release scheme is an interest only lifetime mortgage plan. It is specially developed for retired individuals to boost their retirement standard of living. With this type of scheme, the outstanding balance remains unchanged throughout the plan tenure. The applicant only needs to pay interest regularly to the lender.
Traditional roll-up equity release schemes do not require the applicant to make interest payments. However, the interest keeps rolling up over the tenure period. This means that the outstanding loan keeps rising all the time. With the present interest rates, the loan amount will keep doubling after approximately every 10-11 years dependent upon the equity release interest rate. This means, if you have a loan of £10,000, after 10-11 years, you will owe £20,000.


Retired individuals, who can afford to make monthly repayments from their state benefits or pension, should opt for a Halifax equity release plan. While considering opting for equity release, it is important to get the right advice from the professionals. As professionals have the required knowledge and expertise, they can help you get the right scheme that will cater to your needs.


Why do people opt for a Halifax equity release plan?

The Halifax equity release scheme, being an interest only mortgage plan for pensioners, does not require any form of repayment. This is also one of the most exclusive features of the Halifax equity release plan. With this kind of scheme, your mortgage is automatically allocated for a term of 40 years. However, should you live longer than this period then this lifetime mortgage plan will continue until death or the last person has moved into long term care.

It is due to these reasons that the Halifax equity release scheme has become extremely popular amongst retired individuals.


Contact the mortgage desk on 0800 678 5159 or email admin@equityreleasesupermarket.co.uk for the latest rates & information.


Equity Release – Important Questions Answered

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Before entering into for equity release, you need to be well versed with this financial product. Below are answers to some common questions that might make your task easier such as what is equity release.



What is equity release?

Equity release schemes help retired individuals to raise money from their property. Firstly, the term ‘equity’ describes the net value of your property. This is calculated by taking the current sale value of the property & deducting any mortgage or secured loans upon it.

The money raised is this equity tied up in the property. This money can either be withdrawn as a lump sum or in monthly instalments, the popular of which is primarily the former. A main feature of these equity release schemes is that you do not have to move out of your house and allows you to live your life in peace and financial comfort.


What are the uses of equity release plans?

The tax free lump sum released is yours to spend as you wish. The equity release companies do not place any restrictions on how the money is spent. You can make use of the released cash to supplement your retirement income and clear debts including mortgages, loans, credit cards, hire purchase & catalogues.

Apart from this, you could also use the money to go on holidays, redesign your home, purchase new car or increasingly an popular reason which is to help children invest in bricks & mortar or get on the property ladder for the first time.


What are the types of schemes available?

Equity release schemes broadly fall into two categories – lifetime mortgages and home reversion plans.

With lifetime mortgages, you get a secured loan on the property. You do not have to make any monthly interest payments. Instead, the interest gets rolled up and is paid off when the property is sold. This would be on death of the last survivor or moving into long term care. Therefore, you can continue to live in your home for the rest of your life or until the time you move into a retirement or care home. The main difference between the roll-up lifetime mortgage scheme & the home reversion is that with the former, the property remains 100% in the name of the property owner.


With home reversion plans, you can sell a part or all of your property to the lender in return for a lump sum. The home reversion providers will therefore take partial ownership of your property to the extent of the percentage sold.

A lifetime tenancy is created so you can live rent free in the property for the remainder of your life. This are great equity release solutions for those who wish to guarantee an inheritance for their children & beneficiaries.


Why is life expectancy important?

The type of scheme chosen by you will depend on how long you are likely to stay in your house. The older you are, the more tax free cash you can raise.

With a lifetime mortgage scheme, the longer you live the greater the final balance will be. This is due to the roll-up & compounding effect of the interest on a year on year basis. Therefore, there you cannot predict how much equity will be left at the end of the day as you do not know long the plan will roll-up for.

On the 0ther hand the advantage of home reversion schemes are that you can guarantee an inheritance for your beneficiaries. The reason for this is due to the fact that if a percentage of the property is sold, then the remaining percentage is yours to keep. Consequently, the estate will retain this percentage of the final sale value of the property & can guarantee an inheritance to pass down.


Not sure which scheme is best for your circumstances? Why not call the Equity Release Supermarket team on freephone 0800 678 5159 or email mark@equityreleasesupermarket.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.



Mark Gregory CeMap CeRER


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