Is equity release right for you?

Our advisers are there to help you make an informed decision and will tell you straight away if equity release isn’t the right option for you. If you are considering equity release we recommend that you read through the following points carefully.

What to consider before you take out an equity release plan

  • Releasing equity from your home is a lifetime commitment, and is only expected to be repaid when your home is sold, usually when you and your partner pass away or move into long term care. If you do decide to pay back early, early repayment charges may apply
  • Equity release may affect your entitlement to state benefits and could affect your tax position. Our expert equity release advisers can find out what effect, if any, it would have to help you find the best solution for you
  • All equity release plans will reduce the value of your estate
  • We advise that you involve your family throughout the whole process so you can discuss your plans with them. We encourage you to invite your family members to attend your free no-obligation consultation, as an opportunity for them to ask any questions that they may have
  • You should consider all of the alternatives before making a decision
  • At Key we recommend plans which come with a number of guarantees to ensure your financial safety. This means that you will never fall into negative equity, are able to stay in your home for life and move to another property (subject to provider criteria)
  • Think carefully before securing other debts against your home
  • Lifetime mortgages accrue compound interest and the amount you owe can grow quite quickly. Our equity release advisers can help you understand how it works before you make any decision
  • At Key we offer a full advice and recommendation service to ensure you get the best plan possible. Unless you decide to go ahead, our service is completely free of charge, as our typical advice fee of 1.65% of the amount released would only be payable on completion of a plan

What are the alternatives to equity release?

Our fully qualified and highly skilled advisers will discuss all the other options with you, ensuring you have a full understanding of all alternatives available.

Whatever your particular reason for wanting extra cash, remember equity release is not right for everyone. Before you go ahead it’s important to have considered the alternatives.

  • Downsizing – Selling your home and buying a less expensive property. Although this may mean you moving to a different area or having a little less space, and paying the moving costs, your new home could be mortgage free whilst you are financially better off
  • Using savings or other investments. If these don’t meet with your needs, you could look into equity release as a further means of raising funds. Many people are worried about delving into this cash as the money has been saved to pass on as an inheritance to their loved ones or seen as an emergency fund should it ever be needed
  • Other forms of borrowing, for example a loan or traditional mortgage, however you need to make sure that you are able to meet the monthly repayments
  • Checking that you are claiming all the state benefits that you’re entitled to. For further information, visit Citizens Advice or
  • Asking family or friends to help. Asking your family for money is difficult for many as no one wishes to be a burden on their loved ones. However, it may be the case that your family could help your cash flow during your retirement years if you are in need

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