Common Mistakes When Releasing Equity

Homeowners who are not experts in equity release may find the process hard to grasp, making costly errors. When used right, releasing equity is one of the best options for homeowners to unlock cash from your property. However, it is essential not to repeat common mistakes.

Essex Equity Release offer advice regarding equity throughout Essex and the surrounding areas. We always find the right plan for you, with no mistakes when releasing equity.

Using Equity For The Wrong Reasons

Equity release is a fantastic option for homeowners. However, if you are not releasing it for the right reasons then it can be a scheme you want to avoid. If you need extra finances, whether this is to be more financially stable, pay off a mortgage or debt, holiday or help out family members with money, then using equity release can be very useful.

Problems occur when some homeowners are talked into equity release by providers and only realise further down the line that it may not benefit them. It can be easy to be talked into equity release if you do not understand the specifications of your plan. Speaking to an unbiased equity release advisor is essential so you have good knowledge of the plans best for you and what the outcomes will be of choosing each plan.

Moving House or Downsizing

Homeowners often plan to move house or downsize in the future. Although some equity release plans are happy for homeowners to move house and continue with the plan, it is not that common and could leave you having to pay off more than you expect.

The amount you owe when your equity release plan ends will vary. If you decide to move house or downsize before the minimum length of your equity plan, this means you will have to pay an early repayment charge. Some plans will allow you to move home but this early repayment charge could cost you dearly. When looking to move home in the future, make sure the equity plan you choose allows you to do this.

With downsizing, you will also have to make an early repayment charge. If the home you downsize to is significantly lower in value, this could breach the criteria of your plan. As downsizing will give you suitable funds from the sale of your property anyway, releasing equity does not have to be a priority for these homeowners.

Not Getting Advice

Not getting advice is possibly the biggest mistake you can make before taking out equity release. Unless you are already an expert in equity plans, getting advice should be one of the first steps you take. This means you can view a range of plans and also receive a recommendation on what is best for you, not the provider.

Without advice, you may find a plan that is suitable but you could overlook some of the criteria. Getting advice should help you avoid this problem and make sure you are only choosing a plan that is perfect for your specific situation.

Not Using The Equity Release Council

You should only ever use plans that are fully approved by the Equity Release Council. This will make sure any plan you decide on has a No Negative Equity Guarantee. Therefore, you can never be left in debt after repayment has been made. Family will also not receive this debt.

Essex Equity Release are members of the Equity Release Council and will provide plans that are suitable and safe.

Contact Us

Make sure you avoid common mistakes when releasing equity and contact Essex Equity Release today. You will receive a fast response, organising a consultation at a suitable time for you and any location you require. Call us on 01268 799211 or fill in our contact form to make an enquiry.