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Can I Still Leave an Inheritance if I Take an Equity Release?

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Equity release schemes have become increasingly safer over the past few years with inheritance protection options becoming more available. It is becoming apparent that equity release plans are now evolving further and diversifying. In today’s market a number of different providers have entered the arena with a variety of different equity release schemes. Although equity release plans prove to be a great option for many people, it is important to understand the concept & implications of equity release before going ahead with it.

 

You’re possibly wondering – is equity release a good idea?

If so then you need to understand the main reason for people being anti-equity release, which is the effect it has on their beneficiary’s inheritance. You therefore need to gather more information on equity release mortgages and the role they have to play in the retirement planning process.

 

One of the most common concerns that people have with equity release schemes is whether it will affect the amount of inheritance they leave behind. An equity release mortgage allows you to release some of the equity that is built up on your home, thus devaluing the property initially by the same capital amount. Over time however, this amount significantly increases as compounded interest gathers momentum, thus reducing the value of the estate. This essentially means that you’re using up some of the equity of the home, and leaving a devalued property behind.

 

There are different types of equity release schemes, and the two most common types are home reversion and lifetime mortgage schemes. A lifetime mortgage is a loan taken against the value of the property, which is repaid only when the owner has died and the house can be sold. A home reversion plan is the process of selling a part of the house to a reversion company, the proportional value of which is recovered once the owner has died. By selling a small part of the home, you can ensure that you leave something behind. This is one of the main advantages of home reversion plans over lifetime mortgage schemes, However, lifetime mortgages have come a long way in design & functionality over the past couple of years.

As equity release schemes have evolved they have endeavoured to become less risky. One of the characteristics of new equity release plans is that they come with a no negative equity guarantee. This means that whatever is left over after your debt is repaid goes to your beneficiaries, but if your debt is larger than the sale value of the property, the negative equity is cancelled out, and does not get carried over to your family. This is particularly relieving to those who want to release the equity on their home but are concerned about its repercussions on those they leave behind. Of all schemes this would be beneficial for would be the roll-up lifetime mortgage scheme whereby the borrower has taken the maximum advance possible.

 

Modern lifetime mortgages also have a new security option built into them which is called the ‘inheritance protection guarantee’. Equity release providers such as Aviva, Stonehaven, more2life all offer this safety feature available. By selecting a percentage of the property value you wish to protect, allows a fixed percentage of the property value to remain on the eventual sale of the property. The higher the percentage inheritance guarantee selected, reduces the maximum loan amount available from inception of the plan.

Equity release schemes have their advantages and disadvantages. While they may not work for some, they may be the perfect option for many others. As far as protecting your loved ones goes, modern equity release plans provide both a no-negative equity guarantee and an inheritance protection guarantee so as not to affect your family. However, always bear in mind taking out the equity from your house automatically reduces the value of the property you do leave behind.

 

 

Therefore, ensure you speak to a qualified equity release adviser who can explain both the pros and cons of equity release. Equity Release Supermarket provide a free initial consultation to discuss all issues around all aspects of inheritance protection including interest only lifetime mortgages.

Call the team today on 0800 678 5159 or email mark@equityreleasesupermarket.co.uk

 

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.

 

Author

Mark Gregory CeMap CeRER

 

Equity Release Schemes – The Main Types of Lifetime Mortgages

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Would you like to have a secure and enjoyable retirement?

 

If your answer is yes, then an increasingly effective option for the over 55’s is using equity release schemes.

We all have different financial needs & the more recently developed equity release schemes are designed to meet these requirements. These schemes are incorporated within the lifetime mortgage schemes and reversion plan product range.

From this selection the roll-up lifetime mortgage scheme is preferred by the majority of people.

A lifetime mortgage scheme is specially designed for homeowners who are entering retirement and want to release equity from their home as a secured loan. Under this equity release scheme, the repayment takes place on death or the client moving into long term care.

Once you have opted for this scheme, you can continue living in the same residence for the rest of your life, even if the equity release balance become more than the value of the house. This is due to the inclusion, at no extra cost, of the no negative equity guarantee. This ensures that no debt, over & above the property value can be passed onto the beneficiaries.

Reassurance is therefore given to the children that they cannot incur debt by the actions of their parents.

This rule is a condition of all lenders that are members of the equity release trade body – SHIP (Safe Home Income Plans) who provide consumer protection in the equity release marketplace.

 

In Summary

A lifetime mortgage scheme can divided into the following types.

  • Roll-up lifetime mortgage
  • Fixed payment lifetime mortgage
  • Interest-only lifetime mortgage

 

Roll-up lifetime mortgage – Under this kind of scheme, you do not have to pay any interest or repayments for rest of your life. The interests will be compunded yearly onto your actual loan amount and it will be paid when the home is sold on death or moving into long term care.

 

Fixed repayment lifetime mortgage – In this scheme, there is no interest added to the actual amount but you have to payback a fixed amount when your home is sold. The scheme remains the same even if you sell your home after six months or 25 years, hence it is always important you receive independent equity release advice. This equity release is currently offered by Just Retirement.

The maximum charge that can be secured is 75% of the property value. The value of the overall facility is determined by several factors including your ge, sex, property value & your health & lifestyle situation. Click here to request further details on this unique equity release scheme.

 

Interest-only lifetime mortgage – People who do not want the build up & compounding of interest can choose to make monthly repayments of interest only. Using this method, no interest is added onto your main loan as any interest generated is repaid back on a monthly basis.

Before choosing a type of lifetime mortgage, you must consider your post-retirement income and what your needs will be.

 

To discuss any of the above issues please contact Mark Gregory on 0800 678 5159 or visit the Equity Release Supermarket website.

 

 
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