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If you take out a lifetime mortgage you will remain the owner of your home. However, if you take out a home reversion plan, a percentage of your property will be owned by the home reversion company who you sold your house to in order to release the cash from your property. All of these plans, however, allow you to remain in your property until you and your partner pass away or move into long-term care.
All equity release plans will reduce the amount you leave as an inheritance; however there are plans available which allow you to guarantee an inheritance to your loved ones when the plan comes to an end.
An equity release plan is intended to last for the rest of your life; however there are ways in which you can repay the plan back early. If you take out a home reversion plan, you can buy back the reversion company’s share of the property, but you will have to pay the full market value for the percentage of the property that you sold. This will be more than the amount you received when you originally sold your house to the provider. If you have taken out a lifetime mortgage and wish to repay earlier than planned, you will have to pay off the full amount, including the loan and interest accumulated. There may be an early repayment charge. You should check this before you proceed with any type of plan.
Yes. Equity release providers allow you to release cash from your home if you have an outstanding mortgage on your property, however all providers would expect you to use the cash you release to pay off the outstanding mortgage owed first.
Key's specialist independent 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.
Unless you decide to go ahead, Key's service is completely free of charge as Key's usual advice fee of 1.99 per cent of the amount released would only be payable on completion of a plan, subject to a minimum advice fee of £1,499.
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