According to our good friends at Shawbrook Bank, there are an estimated 600,000 people due to come to maturity on their interest only mortgage by 2020. Many will probably have no way of repaying their interest only mortgage. Some will have endowments that didn’t meet expectations, or maybe the house has not increased in price as much as hoped. Stricter mortgage rules and lending criteria has made it harder for those over 55 wanting to re-mortgage. However, despite the high street being almost a closed entity, there are plenty of other options (not that your current lender are likely to advise them – they just want their money back!).
Come normal retirement age, the lender has the right to request repayment of their loan at end of the mortgage term. If the customer has no way of repaying this and has just continued to pay the interest over the last twenty five years or so, they face the possibility of having their home repossessed or being forced to move out. On the high street, the end of the loan term will normally hit those aged between 65 to 70. This is not new news, but does highlight that many people are still burying their head in the sand and hoping this will go away or the lender may be lenient. No chance on either. You may get a one or two year extension, but the lender will want their money back and that you cannot avoid.
We all know life doesn’t end at age 65-70 and neither should it on the high street! Often, retired people have managed their finances successfully over the years and enter retirement mortgage free. At the same time, many, whilst having no mortgage, also suffer from reduced income and there is a saying in our profession that it is not always wise to have everything tied up in bricks and mortar and yet have nothing to spend. Others may wish to continue their mortgage past normal lender retirement age, whilst they may still be working. There are schemes where equity can be turned into a mortgage (not necessarily equity release) and where off-spring may be able to assist with the repayments in order to secure and protect their inheritance whilst also ensuring a comfortable retirement for their parents. This is not right for everyone but it is certainly worth talking to a qualified adviser to review all possibilities.
There are a number of lenders that recognise that ‘normal retirement’ age is no longer set in stone and people continue to work long in to later life. These are not high street names and as such, rates may be slightly higher than the big super tanker, large volume producing household names that we are used to. But at least they will consider helping out and could keep you in your home!