Equity Release in practice

Equity release can be an effective solution in various situations. In these case studies, clients had property and investments of substantial value but only small cash savings, and approached us looking for an efficient way to meet their financial needs.

Re-mortgaging a lifetime mortgage to a cheaper rate

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s with a property worth £4 million. Their existing lifetime mortgage of £1.6 million had a relatively high interest rate of just above 7%, which meant that the amount owing was increasing rapidly. The couple were concerned about the loss of equity from their property.

Elderly client obtains a lifetime mortgage to pay for care costs

A man aged in his 80s with a property worth £750,000 and a mortgage for £150,000 secured against it. The client had minimal income, but because of his care needs, he was spending £22,000 per year on his care (while remaining in the property) and on the costs of running the home. His savings were being rapidly depleted by these ongoing costs, even though his family were providing financial assistance. Another brokerage firm had already said that it could not assist him, and he was increasingly worried that he would be forced to leave his home.

Lifetime mortgage for consolidation of debts and home improvements

A single woman in her 60s with a property valued at £400,000. The client had £25,000 in credit card and loan debt. It was costing her £600 per month to repay these debts, so this was having an impact on day-to-day living, even though her monthly income was £1,800. She also wanted to carry out some home improvements but had no savings and was unable to obtain further credit due to her impaired credit history.