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Various Equity Release Schemes For Retired Homeowners

By Mark Gregory on June 14th, 2011

Retired homeowners can now safely make plans for their future with the help of an equity release scheme.

There are a number of equity release schemes available today in the market. Some of these are:

  • Interest only mortgages
  • Lifetime mortgages
  • Home income plans
  • Home reversion

 

Amongst these schemes, the interest only mortgage is very popular. It can either have a fixed or tracker rate of interest which is to be paid at the end of every month. Interest only mortgage schemes have gained popularity in recent times.

This scheme is highly suited to people who are retired and it can help them in their old age. Those retirees who are opposed to the roll-up effect of conventional equity release schemes, can find solice in these interest only lifetime mortgage schemes. The reason being is that the balance will always remain the same & never increase, thus protecting any beneficiaries inheritance.

 

The interest only mortgage scheme is considered as the safest option by many people. It promises a fixed capital lump sum to spend on anything they wish in retirement.

In other plans such as home reversion, one sells all or part of the property & can thereafter live rent free in the home for the rest of their lives. These schemes do not start until age 65 & now only account for 3% of all equity release plans taken out.

 

It should be noted that none of the interest only schemes put the retired person at a risk to lose their right to live in their property. However, monthly payments must be maintained in order to not default on their mortgage. Obviously, these interest only mortgages always come with the health warning – Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

 

Should you have any questions on lifetime mortgages, home reversion schemes & interest only mortgages please contact the Equity Release Supermarket advisory team on 0800 678 5159 or alternatively email mark@equityreleasesupermarket.co.uk

 

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