Lifetime mortgage interest rates determine the amount of interest that is added to your lifetime mortgage Equity Release loan.
Unlike Mortgage interest rates, Equity Release interest rates are fixed for the lifetime of a loan and are ‘rolled up’ and ‘compound’ every month or year.
Dependent on the type of plan you have, at the end of the first month or year, the amount of interest charged is added to the original loan.
The following month or year the interest is calculated on the sum of the original loan, plus the interest charged previously.
This process is repeated throughout the lifetime of the Equity Release loan – the amount you owe will depend on the length of the loan.
What is the average lifetime mortgage interest rate?
The actual rate you secure will depend on your individual circumstances, requirements and product selected.
Recent research by Defaqto found that some providers are offering interest rates below 3%, while the average interest rate for customers aged 65 is currently 4.55% (as at January 2020).#
To give you an indication of how much different rates could affect the amount you owe, the tables below show how much you might owe over a period of five, ten and fifteen years with example compound interest rates of 3%, 4% and 5%.
Based on an annually rolled up lifetime mortgage loan of £50,000 with a compound interest rate of 4%.
|Year||Loan||Interest at 4%||Total Owed|
Based on an annually rolled up lifetime mortgage loan of £50,000 with a compound interest rate of 5%.
|Year||Loan||Interest at 5%||Total Owed|
Based on an annually rolled up lifetime mortgage loan of £50,000 with a compound interest rate of 6%
|Year||Loan||Interest at 6%||Total Owed|
Please bear in mind these figures are presented as examples only. Your individual circumstances, the product selected and your lifespan will affect the amount you pay.
How to find your best equity release deal
Before you start talking to an advisor, take time to consider your current and future circumstances and wishes.
Whichever route you choose, take time to get the right advice and review all the types of products, their features as well as lifetime mortgage interest rates.
It’s also important to consider the provider’s reputation — is it a member of the Equity Release Council?
What does that mean?
The Jargon buster below will explain some of the terms you’ll see when looking at equity release loans. If you have any questions or want to find out if equity release is right for you, please do contact our team, we’ll be more than happy to help you — call us on 0800 633 5566.
AER (Annual Equivalent Rate)
The annual equivalent rate (AER) is the actual interest rate you pay when taking into account the compound effect on repayments.
APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
The annual rate charged for borrowing, including any upfront fees and charges, without taking into account the compound effect.
This is the amount you pay to the lender when your equity release plan is completed
Interest accrued on a lifetime mortgage that is added to the loan amount and then future interest is charged on top. In other words, interest paid on interest. See also Lifetime Mortgage.
An equity release mortgage with the facility to draw money out as and when you need it, up to an agreed limit. Interest is only charged on the loan when money is released to you.
Early Repayment Charge
If you repay the loan amount before you die or move into residential care you may have to pay an Early Repayment Charge.
A financial arrangement that allows you to benefit from the value of your home whilst continuing to live in it, either by borrowing against it or selling all or part of it, for a cash lump sum or a regular income. See also Home Reversion Plan and Lifetime Mortgage.
With some equity release loans, you can protect a percentage of your property value, which can be added to your estate when you die ensuring you leave a little extra for your loved ones.
This is short for Loan To Value, which is the ratio between the value of the loan you take out and the value of the property as a whole, expressed as a percentage.
For example, if you needed to borrow £50,000 from a house valued at £200,000, to calculate the LTV you would divide 50,000 by 200,000 and then, multiply it by 100:
50,000 / 200,000 = 0.25 x 100 = 25
So your Loan to Value is 25%.
For more jargon busting, read our A-Z of equity release.
Important things to consider
Equity Release is a big decision, and it isn’t the right option for everyone.
You should consider all your options carefully – and you’ll need to seek specialist advice from an independent expert adviser and involve your family to make sure an equity release plan is the best option for you.
A lifetime mortgage means that you take out a loan secured against your property. You continue to own your home – and you can choose to make no repayments during your lifetime. The loan and interest are paid off through the sale of your home – this is usually when you die or move into long-term care.
If your family can afford to pay off the loan and interest without selling your home that’s often ok too, but check this with your provider first
Bear in mind that unlocking cash from your home will reduce the value of your estate and could affect your entitlement to state benefits – such as pension credit, savings credit or even council tax benefit.
All outstanding lending secured on the property must be repaid.
And remember, while you can choose not to make repayments in your lifetime, interest will build up on your lifetime mortgage over the years.
If you’d like a personalised equity release quote contact the SunLife Over 55 Equity Release team or use our equity release calculator.