Equity release can allow you to release some of your home’s value and allow you to remain living in your home for the rest of your life.
Modern equity release schemes are not only safe, they are also much more flexible than they have ever been allowing you to chose whether you make any monthly repayments or not, and also whether you take all of the available money in one single payment (possibly to buy a care fees annuity) or simply draw it down overtime possibly to pay for carers on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The amount of money that can be released is based solely on age (or age of youngest if the property is jointly owned) and your property value.
Equity Release will reduce the value of your estate and can affect your eligibility for means tested benefits.
The amount borrowed (plus any accumulated interest) will only ever need repaying when you (or if married – the last one of you) dies or moves permanently into a care home. Therefore, they can be a very useful way of funding care at home, but you do need to realise that the amount you can borrow is limited.
Consequently, if you do not use the money released to buy an annuity and simply chose to arrange one larger facility and draw down the money over time to pay for carers, with care fee escalation, you may outlive the amount released. If this did happen and you were single, you may then have no other option but to move into a care home and sell your home when you would need to pay back the accumulated debt. If married, whilst your spouse would be able to remain living in the home until they died or went into care, it could mean they wouldn’t have any money lfet to buy themselves any better home help if they needed care.
Whilst most equity release schemes only allow you to release money from your home whilst you live in it and only expect it to be repaid within 12 months of moving into any care, home there is now one major equity release provider who offer a Buy to Let Mortgage that requires no monthly repayments on either a second - investment property, or on your former home, providing it is let.
This means that if you need to move into care and have to be a-self-funder, you or your legally appointed representative, could potentially consider whether to keep the home, let it to provide some valuable extra income, and still release some money from it. This could then be used to meet ongoing shortfalls in fees, or to purchase a care fees annuity. However, if you need care in a care home but need to be a self-funder you should also check eligibility for your Local Authority Deferred Payments Arrangement as interest would normally be considerably less than that offered by equity release.
This Buy To Let Mortgage is not regulated by the FCA and although sharing most of Equity Release Councils standards do not offer all their safeguards.
Equity release may not be right for everyone and will inevitably result in less money being available for any spouse who remains in the property or ultimately beneficiaries. It can also affect any means tested benefits and if used to pay for your own care at home, could even prevent you qualifying for any local authority funded domiciliary care/direct payment award.
Consequently, you should only proceed with releasing equity to pay for care after first receiving expert advice from an adviser qualified to give BOTH equity release and care fees advice
Being an Equity Release Council Adviser member with many years of experience in arranging equity release, as well as a specialist care fees adviser, we are suitably qualified to help. If you would like to read more about using equity release to pay for care why not visit our specialist equity release website
Care at Home - An equity release scheme can release a lump sum of money that could be used to:-
Paying for Care in a Care Home - Landlord Equity Release schemes can prevent you or your Power of Attorney from having to sell your home and instead:-
Apart from being specialist care fee advisers our Principal is also an Equity
Release Council adviser and member.
So, if you are interested in exploring further just how much you could release why not visit our dedicated equity release site www.equity-release-centre.co.uk
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