Pensions and Retirement Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if equity release is right for me?

Answer

To find out if equity release is right for you, you might want to follow the 6 steps below:

Step 1: Advice

Find an equity release adviser you feel comfortable with. Your adviser will assess your personal situation and help you consider the alternatives of releasing income or capital that do not involve losing some of the equity in your home.

Step 2: Talk to your family

Discuss equity release with your family and intended beneficiaries to your will. They might be able to help you raise the money you need.

Step 3: Personalised Illustration

Based on your individual circumstances, your equity release adviser will prepare a personalised illustration for you to tell you exactly how equity release could work for you.

Step 4: Independent legal advice

If you don’t already have a family solicitor, find one who specialises in equity release. Your solicitor will not only sort out all the legal details but will make sure you fully understand how the lifetime mortgage works and all the implications before you go ahead.

Step 5: Application, valuation & offer

Once you and your adviser have decided on the right product, your home will be valued and you will be sent an offer detailing exactly how much equity you can release.

Step 6: Completion

If you are satisfied with all these details you can agree to take out an Equity Release product. Once you have signed the required documentation you will receive your money.

See our comparison table to help you decide which equity release product is best for you.

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