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The Equity Release Council (The Council) has today confirmed that Nationwide has joined its membership after announcing its entrance into the lifetime mortgage market. By joining The Council, Nationwide indicates its support for the robust industry standards, rules and guidance that are the bedrock of the modern equity release market and underpin the provision of […]
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Wealth accumulated via mortgage repayments reaches a record £62.7 billion in 2016 as UK faces a retirement income crisis
Equity Release Council launches white paper – Equity release rebooted: the future of housing equity as retirement income Wealth amassed by homeowners via mortgage capital repayments increased by 54% from £40.7 billion in 2005 to a record £62.7 billion in 2016 Total homeowner equity in England alone reaches an unprecedented £2.6 trillion, with £1.8 trillion […]
With effect from Monday 3rd April 2017, Hodge Lifetime are changing the rates on their Indexed Lifetime mortgage plans
The interest rates on the Indexed Lifetime mortgage range will be adjusting in line with the CPI figures published in October 2016. As of Monday 3rd April 2017, the rates will be as follows: Any questions call Maxlyte Financial 020 7993 2882.
Our Autumn 2016 Market Report arrives at a time when the state of play in the equity release sector goes beyond the record levels of lending witnessed so far this year to continuing signs of innovation and change. Download here
AUG 16 Newsletter
When a client leaves their home because they need to go into Long Term Care or they die, there is no Early repayment penalty. Recently clients needed funds to repay their interest-only mortgage. I researched the lowest rate available but there was a complicated calculation required to confirm the Early Repayment Charge. This involved the […]
Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a stressful and emotional experience. People need support at their time of need by accessing professional services that can reduce the burden on at this difficult time.One task that you may need to consider is administering the estate of the person who has passed away. This can […]
The Equity Release Council have helped the FCA see that as long as an interest-only mortgage can be converted into an equity release plan – there is no longer any need to has “proof of income”
Legal & General are reducing the interest rates on their Flexible Plus Lifetime Mortgage product. FLEXIBLE PLUS PIPELINE CASES: Any applications Legal & General have not yet offered on will automatically be switched to these new lower rates.
It seems that as the equity release industry goes from strength to strength the negative comments just keep coming from some quarters. There is a very important reality to equity release and that it offers a lifeline to many people. It’s an essential product that will continue to become more popular because there is an increasing number of people who need to tap into their equity.
With all the horrendous news about the recent flooding in the country, you should be concerned that if you want equity release at some time in the future, you may be in for a very unpleasant surprise.
Have we reached the point where the average working life isn’t long enough for us to buy a home? That’s the picture emerging from another week in which there was another raft of data about incomes, savings, mortgages – and house prices.
We are are continually being reminded that some people feel uncomfortable because of the stigma attached to equity release. Now the equity release market is bursting with innovation and this keeps building confidence. Inflexible plans are being phased out which removes such issues as greatly reduced inheritances. Many equity release plans now have repayment schemes included to […]
There may be unscrupulous brokers who are advising people to take out the maximum that they can get out of the valuation of their properties. Their reasoning is that they will be getting “Today’s Rate” which could well increase in the future. This concerns me as it could turn out to be not such a straight-forward sensible option to take.
Two-thirds are unaware, unwilling or unable to face financial facts. Pressure on savings up by 29% for men and 14% for women since 2009. Nearly one in ten believe they will have to sell their homes in retirement
The more people I speak to born between 1940 and 1948 who are not debt free reminded me to share an acronym for FEAR – Face Every thing And Release…….. Equity! The number of people entering retirement with a mortgage in tow has greatly increased recently for a number of reasons. Many of the baby […]
DEALING WITH BEREAVEMENT _ A ROAD WITHOUT A MAP A year or so ago, I lost a close family member. I was unacquainted with the formal aspects involved with what happens when someone dies. Why would I be? It’s an experience remote from everyday life, an almost taboo subject which isn’t often openly talked about. […]
If you live on one of the large estates – Howard de Walden, Grosvenor or Cadogan, you may be concerned about your short lease and what will happen if it runs out before you do!
Home equity release schemes, like pensions, can be complicated. The Financial Service Authority, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Age Concern all recommend that you get independent legal and financial advice.