Later life lending

Buying a property can be the biggest decision made in our lives. It is for this very reason that it is critical to obtain expert advice from qualified advisers.

As the UK’s population is ageing it is projected that by 2050 one in four people will be aged 65 and over – an increase from approximately one in five in 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics.

More 2 Life have predicted that the later life lending market is set to almost double in the next ten years as more people enter retirement with debt. They’ve predicted that over 55s will borrow a staggering £548 billion by 2029.

Retired homeowners released a substantial £3.4 billion of equity in 2019 alone, data from Key’s Market Monitor has shown. However, with borrowing into later life set to see some substantial growth, the mortgage market has seen an increase in later life lending products as well as a rise in traditional equity release.

Due to the growing need for later life borrowers, more lenders are entering the market with later life propositions and creating innovative solutions, giving you greater choice for your borrowing needs. Some of these new products feature no maximum age limit or repayment on an interest only basis, which demonstrates the increasing flexibility of lending in the sector.

Whether you’re entering retirement with fewer savings and more debt, you need a solution to pay off your interest only mortgage on maturity or you simply want to avoid the emotional burden of selling your family home – whatever your reason there’s now a number of options for you to consider:

  • Remortgage. Has your current lender turned you down for a term extension on your Interest-Only mortgage? Or perhaps you'd like to remortgage to use some of the money tied up in your home to make some home improvements. If you have adequate income, a standard capital & interest (repayment) remortgage could be what you need.
  • Moving home. Perhaps you'd like to move nearer to your family and be able to spend more time with children and grandchildren. Or perhaps you've always dreamed of moving to the coast and need a mortgage to help with the difference in property prices round the country. There is a large range of mortgages for moving house that might help you get that dream house.
  • Retirement Interest-Only Mortgages (RIO). RIO mortgages are Interest-Only mortgages that don't have a specific end date. The interest is repaid each month and the mortgage balance is repaid following a specific life event. Find out more about Retirement Interest-Only mortgages by contacting us today.
  • Lifetime mortgages. A Lifetime Mortgage is designed to run for the rest of your life and could be a good choice if you want the flexibility of having no contractual monthly payments. It could be right for you as long as you're happy knowing that the loan and interest will be repaid by the sale of your home when the last borrower moves into long-term care or dies.

There's lots to consider when making your decision on the best way forward, that’s why seeking professional advice can be invaluable. Your adviser will be able to find a deal that’s right for you and your individual circumstances.

If you want to explore your borrowing options in later life, contact your us today to see how we can help.


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