Whether we all like it or not, one day we will be heading towards retirement and be in the position of not knowing what to do with our homes. With important key terms such as mortgages and equity release being thrown at me as a 24 year old; it recently got me thinking and interested to read up on the subject more. 

What is equity release?
Equity release is the financial arrangement that lets you access the tied up money in your home. Currently only available to home owners aged 55 and over; it allows you to take the money you release as a lump sum or in separate and additional payments.

What equity release options are there?
There are two which are worth knowing about at any age. As my parents will be selling and buying a new property within the next year, it's important to educate myself on this subject for my dad who's aged over 55.

Type 1- Lifetime Mortgage:
This involves taking out a mortgage that is secured to your property. This is only applicable if the property is your main residence and you have complete ownership of it. It's entirely up to you whether you choose to make repayments over time or instead, let the interest add up. The mortgage loan you borrow and any interest that has built up over time, is either paid back when you pass away or if you move into care for the rest of your life. 

You can usually borrow up to 60% of the worth of your property, but this does depend on what equity release scheme you decide to go with. 

Type 2 - Home Reversion:
Home reversion involves selling all or part of your home to a home reversion company. In return, you'll be given a lump sum in whole or regular additional payments. Both options give you the right to live in your property until you pass away without having to make any payments such as rent etc; as long as you agree to keep the property in its best condition. 

Both options are quite different, but definitely do give you the option to secure the value in your property. This is especially great if you're approaching retirement age and looking to start thinking about securing an inheritance for your family.

So, where do you start when you're looking for the best equity release? is a free online comparison tool, which lets you find the very best. At the click of a button, you can find out how much cash you could release. It searches the web for the best deal possible; saving you from having to carry out the chore of finding this yourself. 

A recent survey showed that 63% of people in 2016 used the money released from equity release on improving their properties; a 2% rise since 2015. It also showed that 31% of people in both 2016 and 2016 use it to pay off debts; whilst 29% also use equity release to book their dream holidays.

Definitely interesting and something to consider in the future, right? There are literally so many things you need to know when buying a property and I now feel a lot more educated than I did before.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Stock images from Pixabay.


  1. We had thought about doing this to do some home improvements, its a great way to stay where you are but to update or add on :) I hadnt realised it was an option either until lately x

    1. I don't think it's spoke about very much, because I had no idea it even existed! Glad it's helped you too :)

      Ashleigh x

  2. I've been looking into some of these for my grandparents so thanks for this post!

    1. Aww, you're welcome Kitty. I'm glad it helped you :)

  3. I'm a renter so don't have to worry about home owner stuff (yet!), but I learned a lot reading this. Thanks!

  4. This is a useful post nad good that you have highlighted both the options and made each clear as to what it involves.

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