The Range of Equity Release Products Available to you.

The first equity release products were introduced as far back as 1965 and since then, the market has evolved rapidly providing  new, innovative, flexible, customer-friendly products. Today, there are two main types of Equity Release Products available. 1. Lifetime Mortgages and 2. Home Reversion Plans. The Lifetime Mortgages themselves, fall into two main types, Lifetime Mortgages-Lump Sum and Lifetime Mortgages-Drawdown. See below for a clear explanation of the features and benefits of each product.

The Range of Equity Release Plans Explained

Lifetime Mortgages-Lump Sum

The Lump Sum Lifetime Mortgage has similarities to the mortgage most people have had during the course of their lives except in this case there is no fixed end-date or term, in the case of all Lifetime Mortgages, the end-date or term will be triggered with the death or entry into long-term care of the last surviving homeowner.

Your property is independently valued by a qualified chartered surveyor. On receipt of a suitable valuation the equity release lender then agrees to lend you a ‘tax-free’ lump sum which can be spent as you wish. Compound interest is added to the mortgage until the plan comes to an end. The interest applied is usually at a fixed rate of interest although variable rates are also available should they be deemed more appropriate. This loan is secured against your property in the same way as a conventional mortgage.

Typically, there are no monthly repayments to be met with your Lump-Sum Lifetime Mortgage although many Equity Release schemes are very flexible and will allow you to pay the interest monthly or allow a voluntary partial repayment up to 10% of the initial sum borrowed per year without any penalty. If you choose to make monthly interest repayments it will have the effect of stopping compound interest being added and if you choose to make lump sum or ad hoc repayments it will reduce the sum owed over time as the interest and part of the borrowed capital will have been repaid.

On the death or entry into long-term care of the last surviving homeowner the property can then be sold by your nominated executor to repay the loan.  If sold, any surplus money then goes back into your estate to be shared by the beneficiaries as per the terms of your Will. If your designated beneficiaries want to retain the property for their own use they can repay the loan from other more conventional means such as a conventional mortgage or loan.

Lifetime Mortgages-Drawdown

The Drawdown Lifetime Mortgage is exactly the same as the ‘Lump-sum’ Lifetime Mortgage mentioned previously. In this case, the lender agrees to lend you a smaller ‘lump sum’ initially plus a reserve or drawdown facility which can be used at a later date, either all at once or in smaller slices.

The initial release and any subsequent drawdowns are charged at a fixed rate of interest although again, variable rates are also available should they be deemed more appropriate for you by your adviser. The funds taken from the draw-down facility will normally be fixed for life too and charged at the prevailing rate of interest offered by the lender at the time of the draw-down.

Again, some Equity Release schemes allow you to pay the monthly interest or voluntary ad hoc repayments up to 10% of the initial sum borrowed per year (and 10% of any additional borrowing from the reserve) without any penalty. If monthly interest repayments are employed by you it will have the effect of stopping compound interest being added to the loan and if you make voluntary or ad hoc lump sum repayments it will reduce the sum owed over time as the interest and part of the borrowed capital are being repaid.

As with the ‘Lump sum’ Lifetime mortgages on the death or entry into long-term care of the surviving homeowner, the house can then be sold to repay the loan. If your designated beneficiaries want to retain the property for their own use they can repay the loan from other more conventional means such as a conventional mortgage or loan. If sold, any surplus money then goes back into your estate to be shared by the beneficiaries as per the terms of your Will.

Home Reversion Plans

Lifetime Mortgages have proven to be far more popular with homeowners than Home Reversion Plans, primarily because, homeowners prefer the security of retaining the ownership of their homes. For this reason we do not offer Home Reversion Plans because, as a responsible adviser, we are fully supportive of our client’s wishes to remain in full control of their property ownership.

Home Reversion Plans are very different from Lifetime Mortgages discussed previously. In this case some or all of your equity is sold to a lender for an agreed sum of money.

You are still legally entitled to remain in the property for the rest of your life without necessarily owning the property fully or in part. The lender will claim their share of the property on the death or entry into long-term care of the surviving Home Reversion plan holder.

It is important to note than in all three of the options, you are still responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the property, and ensuring that you have adequate buildings insurance in place at all times.

Our Mission And Commitment To You

At Equity Release Scotland, Our mission, put simply, is to enlighten and improve the financial standing of those who seek our professional services. On engaging with our clients, we are committed to offering clear and concise advice regarding the finance of your home and the long-term security and protection of your loved ones.

We will act at all times in an open and transparent manner ensuring our client’s best interests remain our number one priority throughout the process.

As one of Scotland’s leading equity release companies, we have access to the broadest range of equity release products, some of which may not be available from other lenders. Over the years we have found that as well as our fully comprehensive advice process, our clients value:

  • As low an interest rate as possible, ideally fixed for life, to minimise the effect on equity of ‘roll-up’ or compounded interest.
  • Free Valuation to ensure there are no upfront financial outlays for our clients. Any other costs are paid from the proceeds of the Equity Release on completion.
  • The availability of discounted rates or cash incentives which can, on occasion, cover any legal and advice fees falling due.

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Take Advantage Of Our Market Wide Access

Everyone has become accustomed to the benefits of individual insurance websites which scour vast numbers of insurance providers to find the best deal for their clients.

Well, Equity Release Scotland is proud to bring similar technology to the Equity Release Sector. The systems we employ coupled with our advice process ensure flexible plans are delivered, where required, which could potentially save our clients thousands of pounds when used properly.

We are independent which means that we have no allegiance to any specific lender; our commitment is solely to our customers and finding them the best, most efficient product for their unique set of circumstances.

We are always communicating with existing and new product providers in the industry to secure an even wider range of choice and options for our customers, as we believe that by looking out for our customers and providing the best customer service in the marketplace, we can continue to grow and expand.

Make an Informed Decision

We Believe Our Clients Should Be Empowered To Make An Informed Choice About Their Lifetime Mortgage.

On engaging with our clients, we are committed to offering clear and concise advice regarding the finance of your home and the long-term security and protection of your loved ones.

We will act at all times in an open and transparent manner ensuring our client’s best interests remain our number one priority throughout the process. The fair, open and honest treatment of our clients is at the very heart of everything we do. The advice we provide will be relevant and individually tailored to you, your family and for your immediate and ongoing needs.

The information you provide is treated in the strictest confidence and shared only with those involved in the advice process. We strive to simplify and explain the regulations in place to protect you the consumer, and fully explain the often complicated language used, so making things clearer and easy to understand.

The products and services that we provide are designed to meet your specific needs and to take into account your current and future financial position. When we have completed the advice process we guarantee our clients are left confident in the knowledge that they can make an educated, informed decision about their Lifetime Mortgage.

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The Benefits And Guarantees of a Lifetime Lump-Sum Or Drawdown Mortgage Made Simple.

  • You will always own your home
  • You can receive a tax-free lump sum to spend in any way you want
  • You can receive a smaller lump-sum initially and withdraw the agreed balance in smaller increments if required
  • You never have to make any monthly repayments but there are flexible plans available which will allow you to do so if you wish.
  • You will benefit from the ‘no negative equity’ guarantee with Equity Release Council Approved Plans
  • You can remain in your own home for life if you so wish
  • You have the option of selling your current property and moving into another (subject to your lender’s criteria for Porting)
  • You can protect a percentage of your property for inheritance purposes
  • Some lenders will take into account existing health conditions e.g. Diabetes, Heart problems and lifestyle choices e.g. Smoking and accordingly may lend more money or provide a better interest rate or both.
  • The full loan is due for repayment on your death or entry into long term care
  • Taking out a Lifetime Mortgage can reduce the value of your estate and may have an affect on any means tested benefits you currently receive

Our Success Stories

What our Customers say About Us

“We just wanted to be able to stay in our home for some years to come and the local advisor from Equity Release Scotland was very helpful and understanding. We now feel very comfortable that we can afford stay in our home for the foreseeable future and have options further down the road.”

Mr & Mrs Davidson

Glasgow

“What a relief, our mortgage and debts repaid, one easy monthly payment which we can afford and the option to stop paying that in the future if we choose’ . The process was smooth and everything was clearly explained to us. We had lots of questions but our adviser was always available to answer any concerns we had....thanks a million”

Mr & Mrs Curran

Edinburgh

Our Guarantees

Why You should always choose a product from a lender approved by the Equity Release Council

Guarantee 1

equity release council logo approvedYou have the Right to Remain in your Home for as long as you choose

Guarantee 2

equity release council logo approvedYou will NEVER owe more than the value of your home due to the "no negative equity" guarantee.

Guarantee 3

equity release council logo approvedYou have the freedom to move to another property without financial penalty (subject to provider criteria)

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