Using SunLife’s equity release calculator
In just a few seconds, our equity release calculator will give you an estimate of how much money you could release from your home with a lifetime mortgage. By providing your property’s estimated value, and a few personal details, we can calculate how much equity you are likely to be able to release.
How much equity could you release?
Most people release between 20% and 60% of the equity in their home – typically around £10,000-£100,000.
For example, if your home is worth £250,000 and you released 30% of your equity, you would receive £75,000. If you had an outstanding mortgage of £25,000 then you would have to pay it off, but would still have £50,000 to spend how you wish.
You can use SunLife’s equity release calculator free of charge, and it will give you an estimate on how much you could release.
Who is the equity release calculator for?
You can only apply for a lifetime mortgage if you’re aged 55 or over. If you’re applying as a couple, both you and your partner must be aged 55 or over.
You will need to enter the details of the youngest applicant into the calculator. You’ll also need to own a property in the UK worth at least £99,000.
Could equity release leave my family in debt?
If your equity release provider follows Equity Release Council standards, there's no need to worry. This guarantees the amount owed will never be greater than the value of your house, so you can’t leave your family in debt with equity release (even if your house falls in value). This is called ‘no negative equity guarantee’.
However, a lifetime mortgage may result in limited or no property equity remaining, and will reduce your financial options in the future.
The debt, plus the compound interest will be repaid from the sale of your home, either when you pass away or move into long-term care.
Be aware that Equity release will reduce the value of your estate and may also affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits.
Getting help and advice on equity release
Before making a decision about equity release, you'll need to get advice from an expert, qualified adviser. They can compare plans available to you and advise on what type of equity release would best suit you.
Our equity release calculator explained
Here’s some simple answers to questions you might have about our equity release calculator:
Our free and secure equity release calculator uses your age and property value to estimate how much you could release with a lifetime mortgage.
Most equity release mortgage calculators base their calculation on a lifetime mortgage (as this is a common type of equity release). This is why they’re often called lifetime mortgage calculators.
You’ll need to speak to an equity release adviser to get an exact cost.
There are initial upfront and long-term costs, which are based on the interest rate you secure.
SunLife Limited receives an introductory commission from Phoenix Life Limited or Key Retirement Solutions, if you take out a product. The amount is a percentage of the loan’s final value.