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Common Mistakes When Releasing Equity

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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.

What Equity Release Advisors Do

By Equity Release Advisors

Equity release advisors help in a number of ways when you are looking to release equity in your home. Working with many providers to deliver the best equity plans, you should always go through an equity release advisor to find the right option for your needs.

Essex Equity Release offer equity release advise regarding all equity plans. When you require equity release advisors, our team are always available to ensure you select the right option.

Working With Providers

Equity release advisors work with a number of different providers which is particularly beneficial to every homeowner. If you choose to go to one individual provider for advice about your equity plan, you will only be seeing a small selection of the options available unless you decide to go to all the different providers.

With a team of advisors, this will consider each equity plan, as well as offering unbiased advice. Unlike the provider of an equity plan, we want to help you select the correct plan for your specific requirements. Going to a provider could mean you end up picking the best equity plan for that provider to make money.

Understanding Equity Plans

There are several different features to each equity plan, whilst you have the option of lifetime mortgages or home reversions. Many homeowners do not understand the exact specifications of each equity plan. Having a team on hand to offer this support and ensure you know what you are choosing is vital.

With equity release advisors, you will receive detailed advice in regards to every equity plan. This will also take you through the differences in each plan, such as making monthly payments, interest rates, moving home and having a No Negative Equity Guarantee.

All plans available at Essex Equity Release provide a No Negative Equity Guarantee. This ensures when you sell your home, you never owe more money than what the property was sold for.

Recommended Plans

Using the help of an equity release advisor, you will receive a recommended plan based on the criteria you would like achieved. Whilst you do not have to go ahead with the plan we recommend, this does give you what we think is the best option.

As our advice is completely unbiased towards any particular plan or provider, this significantly helps your decision. During our consultation, you will always have the chance to discuss the biggest priorities for your equity plan. With this considered, your recommendation should give you the plan you need and want.

Easy Consultation

There are several ways that you can begin your equity release journey. With the help of equity release advisors, your journey can begin at any time and there are several ways to select your plan and discuss the right option for your needs.

There are several ways our team can provide your advice, including:

  • A Home Visit
  • A Quick Chat Over The Phone
  • By Email
  • Meeting At One Our Local Interview Suites In Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, Burnham On Crouch, Chelmsford, Epping, Romford & Southend
  • Meeting At Our Benfleet Office

We are happy to give you advice whenever you need, with whichever method is required. This personal service makes going to advisors a great choice for all homeowners.

Stay Protected

The majority of equity plans are now a very viable and strong option for homeowners to take. However, it is important to remain protected against possible dangers of equity plans. Hence, by finding equity release advisors who are part of the Equity Release Council, you can ensure you are protected.

The plans from Equity Release Council members will always have several guarantees to put your mind at ease. This includes helping you leave an inheritance, moving home and never being left in debt when using equity plans.

Contact Us

For more information on the services we offer at Essex Equity Release, get in touch today. Our advisors are happy to support all clients throughout Essex and the surrounding areas with detailed advice on every plan. Make an enquiry and call 01268 799211 or fill in our contact form today.