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All You Need To Know About The Halifax Retirement Home Plan

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Ever wondered what you will do after retirement?

Taking a cruise around the world, completing those home improvements you always intended to make or enjoy helping & seeing the grandchildren would be a few of the options that many of us have thought about. One thing that we need to consider is our financial situation and market volatility after we retire. The money earned from our pension is not usually always enough to live on.

We therefore need to look at how this pension income can be supplemented in a manner that can utilise one’s assets. An increasing common method is retiree’s opting for the Halifax Retirement Home plan & this has proved to be a wise & life changing option for many.


So what is the Halifax Retirement Home Plan?
In essence the Retirement Home Plan is a way of providing some extra cash for pensioners. It provides low cost mortgage finance for people who have retired. In other words, it is different from equity release as it works in a similar way to an interest only mortgage scheme. Therefore, the terminology used to describe this product is an interest only lifetime mortgage.

You can use the money released to make improvements to your home or use the money to buy the car of your dreams. The Halifax Retirement Home Plan is an income based scheme, which includes income from pensions, disability benefits & in certain circumstances from rental income.

Even though the eligible age required to qualify for the scheme is 65 years, this age can be negotiated upon as the scheme is based on your method of income. Therefore, flexibility can be established if  you are over 55 years old & retirement income is already being drawn. There is no upper age limit on this Halifax equity release scheme. In fact we have recently completed an application for a client who is age 93 attained!


There is a minimum limit of £15,000 set on the amount which is released for the plan, but the maximum amount varies due to the affordability of an interest only mortgage calculation.The affordability calculator will require the input of all retirement incomes for both parties in association with amount required & the applicants credit rating. The result provides accurate figures as to how much can be potentially borrowed on this scheme. The overall maximum would always still be 75% of the property value & this loan to value can never be exceeded, even if income would normally calculate beyond this.


Unlike equity release, the Halifax Retirement Home Plan requires a regular monthly payment of interest. The balance usually always remains the same. as long as the monthly payments are met on time. This compares favourably with equity release schemes where the balance increases over a period of time.

Halifax interest rates currently start from as little as 2.44% on their 2 year tracker deal resulting in a Halifax Retirement Home Plan mortgage of £50,000 costing only £101.67pm (4.1% APR)

The Halifax Retirement Home Plan is a great way to obtain tax free capital that you have worked long & hard for thus resulting for many to a long & happy life.


To find out if you qualify, please call us today on 0800 678 5159 or email mark@equityreleasesupermarket.co.uk


On Why Finding A Good Equity Release Consultant Is A Must

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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


Equity Release Schemes Can Be The Solution You Are Looking For

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Equity release is used as a term for schemes that help a homeowner to secure a good amount of money from their main residence. These schemes provide homeowners with an option to use their property to release money. It becomes hard for people who retire after a certain age and do not have funds to support their needs. Equity release schemes provide an option for people who live on pensions and are unable to support themselves or maybe wish to increase their lifestyle options with a new car or holidays. It therefore helps provide an extra flow of money to fulfil their needs & retirement enjoyment.


Equity release has become very popular among citizens who are over the age of 55. There are an increasing number of retirees opting for these equity release solutions. Equity release UK schemes offer retirees an opportunity to generate money from their property, either a lump sum amount, timely earnings, or in some cases, both. Retirees can remain living on their property unless they decide to move out at which point the equity release plan becomes repayable. The equity release providers will usually require repayment of the balance within 12-18 months by the beneficiaries. This gives the executors of the estate plenty of time to achieve the best sale price on the property to cover the debt & maximise the inheritance for the beneficiaries.


The value of your property and your age are the key factors in the data used in equity release calculator formula. There is no age limit as far as equity release is concerned. The older you are, the more you can generate out of your property. This scheme is accessible for people who are over fifty five years and own their property which usually should be of standard construction & freehold, or leasehold with more than 75 years left remaining on the lease.


Halifax Retirement Home Plan is one such scheme which helps people to extract money out their property. It is a type of interest only equity release lifetime mortgage plan where the borrower pays a sum of money to the lender on a monthly basis. It is a useful and easy plan which suits the needs of all perfectly. As mortgages for pensioners seem to be difficult to come by, the Halifax equity release scheme has become a breath of fresh air to many people in retirement. They can be safe in the knowledge that the balance will not increase as long as the payments of monthly interest are maintained.


This is an interest only lifetime mortgage which means there is no set term & these equity release schemes will run for the rest of their lives. As long as too much equity is not taken from inception on the Halifax Retirement Home Plan then if there comes a point in the future that the monthly payment should cease, then repayment by a roll-up equity release plan could always take effect.


There are many options today that assist pensioners to take equity release from their property, however to ensure which scheme is the correct one for your circumstances contact a professional & qualifies advisory service.

Award winning Equity Release Supermarket have advisors local to you who can provide quality & friendly service to guide you through the equity release decision making process.


Call the equity release team today on 0800 678 5159 for your free initial consultation.


Various Equity Release Schemes For Retired Homeowners

Tuesday, 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


Looking For Some More Information On Equity Release Schemes? Read on…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Equity release schemes have become extremely popular amongst retired individuals due to their myriad of benefits. The most notable benefit of these form of lifetime mortgage is that you do not have to move out of your home to get equity from your property & you have no monthly mortgage payments to make. Similar to any other financial scheme, it is important to consider your needs and requirements before you arrive at a decision.

Mentioned below are some important factors that you need to understand before selecting an equity release scheme.


No negative equity guarantee

Most equity release schemes have a no negative equity guarantee provided free of charge & automatically incorporated into any SHIP equity release plan. A no negative equity guarantee will ensure that your outstanding debt will never exceed the overall value of your property. At the same time, any outstanding debt will not be transferred to your family after you pass away. Therefore, your beneficiaries can be safe in the knowledage that by you taking equity now, will not make you pay for it later.


Moving to a new property

It should be noted that moving to a new property is permitted by the equity release provider you choose to go with. However, as long as the property you are moving to is of standard construction & if leasehold has a lease still in excess of 75 years then it should still be possible to transfer your scheme. Because of this reason, it is recommended to look for a reutable equity release scheme that caters to your specific needs. Again, all equity release schemes that are members of SHIP (Safe Home Income Plans) must have this facility to transfer the mortgage built within the terms.

If you are looking to downsize, then a repayment maybe required to bring the amount riased in line with the equity release providers loan to value. This amount would usually come from the equity that has been raised by downsizing so there would be no need for alarm. Additionally, as you are making some form of repayment, then NO early repayment charge would be applied by the lifetime mortgage provider.



It should be noted that you will need to meet the equity release companies criteria to become eligible for equity release schemes. For starters, you need to be at least 55 years of age & own your own home. At the same time, the market value of your home should be at least £60,000, although some equity lenders do impose higher valuations so check beforehand. Ensuring you meet these criterion’s will help if you are planning to opt for one of best equity release plans.
However, help is always on hand. Therefore to establish whether equity release is the correct path for you to follow then speak to the specialists at Equity Release Supermarket. Call freephone 0800 678 5159 or email mark@equityreleasesupermarket.co.uk


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