Questions To Ask About Equity Release

Equity release is a big step for any homeowner to take. If you are considering this scheme, it is important to find an option that is perfect for you. Before choosing an equity release plan, you should always use expert equity release advisors and find several questions to ask about equity release.

Essex Equity Release are Equity Release Council members. This ensures we offer unbiased advice and can offer plans that are approved by the council from a selection of providers. We can advise you on all the questions to ask about equity release before finding a suitable plan.

How Much Will It Cost?

For many homeowners, the first thought is often about how much money you will be receiving from an equity release plan. However, you should make sure you know exactly how much the equity release plan is going to cost you in the long-term.

Although some plans can fluctuate based on the interest that you have to pay on the plan, you can get a rough idea of exactly how much money you will have to pay. You will make your repayment after the plan ends. This is due to both you and your partner passing away or moving into long-term care before selling the house. If you sell your house earlier, you may have to make an early repayment which could be more expensive.

This makes it so important to consider all the options that come with equity release and exactly how much it could end up costing.

Are Plans Approved By The Equity Release Council?

If plans are not approved by the Equity Release Council, you should not consider them as a homeowner. Plans that are approved by the Equity Release Council will give you a much safer and more dependable option. This includes features such as:

  • Move Homes (Subject to Criteria)
  • No Negative Equity Guarantee
  • Remain in Your Home As Long As You Want
  • Ring-Fence Inheritance
  • Spend Money However You Like
  • Switch Plans (Subject to Criteria)

A No Negative Equity Guarantee means that you will never owe more than the value of your home. Therefore there is no debt after the equity plan ends. You should also find equity release advisors who are members of the Equity Release Council. This will ensure all plans made available are suitable for you and give you the financial freedom you want.

Can I Leave An Inheritance?

Although you may want extra funds right now for your own life, many homeowners want to leave an inheritance for their children and other beneficiaries. When selecting your equity release plan, leaving an inheritance should never be an issue. With many plans, once you sell your home, you should still have a lot leftover for children to inherit after the debt of equity release is paid off.

If you are still worrying about inheritance, you can choose an equity release plan with an inheritance protection guarantee. This allows you to protect a percentage of your home’s value so if the repayment you make is more expensive than you expect, you can still pass on your beneficiaries after the house sale, regardless of an outstanding loan.

What Equity Plan Is Best For Me?

Most importantly, if you decide to release equity, you should make sure the plan is perfect for your needs. This is why, instead of going to the providers of the equity plan, you should seek equity release advisors. This will ensure the advice you receive is based on which option is best for you. Going to a provider could mean finding the equity release plan right for them.

Advisors will also offer a recommendation based on your specifications and the criteria of each plan. Although you do not have to choose this plan, it will be one of your best options. We make sure you receive all the features you want from equity release.

Contact Us

For more information regarding questions to ask about equity release, contact Essex Equity Release today. You will receive a fast response from our team, organising a suitable time and location to offer equity consultation. Call us on 01268 799211 or fill in our contact form to make an enquiry.