Will an Equity Release UK Calculator Work for People Aged Under 55?
Equity release plans offer flexible solutions for a common problem that many pensioners in the UK face today. Changing social circumstances have led to problems that we see increasingly more often in society today. Longer life expectancy, rising costs of living, probability of needing self-funded long-term care and shrinking pension funds mean that many older people face a severe cash crunch during retirement. While there is a problem of cash flow, many pensioners are homeowners with a hefty untapped equity built into their property. Equity release offers a way to tap into this equity without selling the house or moving.
Today, the UK equity release sector has expanded and offers more flexible and innovative plans than before. The industry and indeed its main voice – The Equity Release Council has admitted that more providers, concepts and flexibility are required to maintain the momentum equity release & lifetime mortgages have now found. It is also much more secure now, being regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and following strict SHIP (now under the guise of the Equity Release Council) standards of service. As the demand for equity release has grown, so have the tools designed for potential customers to understand and negotiate their way around the equity release sector.
Mechanics of the equity release calculator UK
One such tool that could be invaluable is the equity release calculator UK as it offers a simple, quick and convenient way to calculate the maximum amount of money that could be released from your property. An equity release UK calculator takes into account the information that you provide, including your age and current valuation of your property to calculate this amount based on its database of available lifetime mortgage plans.
As such, an equity release calculator UK can only work within the set eligibility criteria of equity release plans. Most equity release plans are only available to people 55 years or over. This means that the equity release calculator can only accept age values that are 55 or above. Many equity release calculators have a lower limit of 55 on their age menu, but some don’t. In any case, an equity release calculator will not work if one enters an age value of lower than 55 years or higher than 100 years! Most sites will default to a minimum age of 55 to ensure calculations are correct.
Could equity release be a possible to the under 55′s?
Whether one day the UK equity release mortgage market will accept lower ages than 55 is yet to be seen. The problem with accepting an age below 55 is the protection provided by the ‘no negative equity release guarantee’. This ensures that at the end of the day the beneficiaries will never end up owing any more than the sale price of the property upon death or moving into long-term care. The cost of this guarantee has to met and is paid for by the customer by way of a slight increase in the equity release interest rate. With no guarantee in place, then we would see lower interest rates in this sector.
However, upon meeting the standards laid down by the Equity Release Council, all equity release companies must facilitate this feature within their schemes; otherwise their scheme cannot meet the SHIP criteria. This is a mandatory requirement and has helped the industry build confidence back up within the equity release mortgage market.
Therefore, until these issues are addressed there are currently no equity release schemes for people under 55 years offered by any of the mainstream equity release providers that are certified by the Equity Release Council. Equity release UK is a good way to raise money to meet pressing demands, but releasing equity impacts your entire life savings and potential inheritance of your beneficiaries so it is always advisable to consider it very carefully – especially if you’re young and expect to live long. P.S. Don’t we all!