Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work? What does an Equity Release Specialist do?
Initially, our Specialists will provide you with research based on your current requirements and situation. This is without obligation on your part – that’s just how we do it.
If you find what we have sent of interest and wish to go forward, we will make a thorough assessment of your needs and recommend an appropriate lender and mortgage product for you. We will then approach that lender on your behalf, to gain a decision in principle and an indication of their willingness to lend.
We then manage your application through to completion, keeping you in the loop throughout.
Are you whole of market? Independent? What does this mean?
We are a completely independent and whole of market Mortgage and Equity Release Brokers.
This means that we are not tied to any lender or third party, and we have access to the whole mortgage marketplace, allowing us to ensure we get you the right deal.
What are your qualifications?
All Equity Release Marketplace advisers hold a Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) enabling them to advise on the specialist area of Equity Release. All our Mortgage Advisers also hold a Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP).
We believe in being competitive and transparent on fees.
A fee of £395 is payable on application submission to the lender and a further £995 payable on completion.
We will also be paid commission from the company that lends you money. This is how most Equity Release Specialists operate.
You will receive a key facts illustration when considering a particular Equity Release product, which will tell you about any fees relating to it.
What are the risks of Equity Release?
Our experts will advise you on the risks and benefits, but below is a summary.
- Equity Release reduces the value of your estate and the amount that will go to the people named as beneficiaries in your will. Your estate is everything you own, including money, property, possessions and investments.
- With a home reversion plan, the reversion company owns all or a part-share of your home.
- Getting a lump sum or taking extra cash to supplement your income may reduce your entitlement to means-tested benefits, now or in the future.
- If you get care at home funded fully or partially by the local council, they may start charging you or ask you to pay more.
Who can get Equity Release?
There are certain conditions you must meet before being able to take out Equity Release:
- For a lifetime mortgage you (or both of you, if you’re borrowing jointly) need to be at least 55 years old.
- You must own property in the UK, which must be your main residence. If you have a buy-to-let property you can release equity with a buy-to-let mortgage even if you have retired.
- Your property must be in reasonable condition and over a certain value, and there may also be restrictions on the type of property accepted.
- If you have a mortgage or secured loan on your property you may still qualify for Equity Release, but it will depend on the value of your home and the amount outstanding on the existing mortgage or loan. You'll have to pay off any outstanding mortgages or loans secured against your home at the same time as taking Equity Release.
- Equity Release may not be suitable if you have dependants living with you. Any dependants should take separate legal advice. If they wish to remain living with you in the property, they may need to sign a waiver confirming that they understand they don’t have the right to reside there if you die or move into permanent residential care.