When coming to the end of the mortgage term with your lender, it’s rare to be offered any additional products to stay with them as you are ending the mortgage contract (normally 25 years or more). They also fail to advise you to seek further advice about re-mortgaging to another provider. Despite ages possibly having achieved ‘later life’ status, there are options available and although this might cease on the high street, as their maximum ages tend to be between 70 and 75, there are a huge number of lenders who will still lend. Why should a customer not have a mortgage due to being in advance of normal retirement age? We know people are working well in to their 70’s now and some are deferring pensions until needed. So, for the right customer, with the right income and right loan to value of the property, a normal mortgage is still achievable. These lenders will be building societies, or similar, dotted around the country but having been established for decades, even centuries! They think outside the box, manually assess and will take a reasoned decision, rather than a computer based ‘tick box’ response. They will also consider interest only options, assuming there is a suitable repayment strategy in place.
Re-mortgaging away from your current lender should not be looked upon negatively. Many lenders will cover the cost of surveying your property, as well as covering the legal fees in transferring your mortgage from one lender to another. But most of all, you should think of number one as this could save you money against your monthly budgets. This can only be a good thing.
Finally, should the above not fit the lenders criteria, Equity Release might be the way forward. Equity Release provides a valuable option for people in, or close to, retirement who may be wishing to realise additional income, raise funds or to consolidate debt. But it must always be considered alongside other financial options in the light of individual circumstances. Some providers also allow the interest to roll up, so there are no monthly payments. However, this obviously reduces the equity available in your property. Terms and conditions apply and specialist advice should be sought as this can be a very complex matter and can affect future equity.