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  • You still own your home with a lifetime mortgage
  • No need for monthly repayments
  • The cash you release is tax-free

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  • You still own your own home with a lifetime mortgage
  • No need for monthly repayments
  • The cash you release is tax-free

What is equity release?

It’s simple, really. Equity release lets you get cash from the value that’s tied up in your home. And you don’t have to move house or downsize. It’s a popular way to get the money you need to enjoy the retirement you deserve.

5 key reasons why equity release is becoming
so popular:

  • The money you release is tax free
  • You can still own your home
  • There's no need for monthly repayments
  • You can use the money however you wish
  • You can take the money in one lump sum or smaller installments

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To find out how much equity you could release tax-free, call our helpline today.

  • Friendly UK team
  • Find out if you qualify
  • No obligation to purchase

Or if you prefer, you can request a free guide that tells you everything you need to know about equity release.

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How much equity could
I release?

The amount of equity you can release depends on your age and on how much of your mortgage is paid off. Most people release between 20-50% of the equity in their home, typically between £10,000-£100,000.

Because house prices have risen over the years, the equity you have in yours could be significant.

For example, if your home is worth £250,000 and you have an outstanding mortgage of £50,000, you would have £200,000 equity.

To find out how much equity you could release, try our 60 second calculator below.

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Based on this information, you could release between: £10,000 - £

You may be able to take this as a lump sum, or in smaller instalments as and when you need them.

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What are the different types of equity release?

Lifetime mortgage

The most popular way to release equity is with a lifetime mortgage.

This is a loan secured on your home. You still own your house and there are no monthly repayments.

Instead, the loan and interest are repaid when your home is sold, which is usually when you pass away or move into permanent care.

The most popular types of lifetime mortgage are a roll-up and drawdown.

Roll-up lifetime mortgage

This gives you a cash sum with no monthly payments.

Drawdown lifetime mortgage

This lets you release your cash over time rather than just taking one lump sum. So you can access your cash when you need it, and interest is only charged on the amount you’ve taken.

There are other types of lifetime mortgages available, plus home reversion (where you sell all or part of your home).

What are equity release interest rates?

At the moment, equity release interest rates are at the lowest rate in five years. For example, in the second half of last year, the average interest rate for a drawdown lifetime mortgage was just 4.22%.*

This table shows an example of how interest could grow on a roll-up lifetime mortgage, where interest compounds yearly.

The original loan is £50,000 and the interest rate is 5%.

Year Loan Interest at 5% Total owed
1 £50,000 £2,500 £52,500
2 £52,500 £2,625 £55,125
3 £55,125 £2,756 £57,881
4 £57,881 £2,894 £60,775
5 £60,775 £3,039 £63,814

This loan will be repaid from the sale of your home, either when you pass away or move into permanent care.

Interest rates depend on your age and circumstances, so call us on
0800 633 55 66 to talk to an expert adviser.

Is equity release safe?

You might be reassured to know that today’s equity release market is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Our expert partner, Age Lifetime, is also a member of the Equity Release Council. They are a trade body whose members must follow a strict code of conduct.

Their safeguards include:

  • A ‘no negative equity’ guarantee, meaning you’ll never owe more than your house is worth – so you won’t leave your family in debt.
  • The right to live in your home for life or until you move into permanent care.

Could equity release leave my family in debt?

There’s no need to worry. 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). The debt will be repaid from the sale of your home, either when you pass away or move into long-term care.

In fact, you could ringfence some of your home’s value to leave as a legacy. So while you can’t leave your loved ones your property, you could leave them a cash inheritance, just make sure to tell your financial adviser you’d like to do this.

The pros and cons of
equity release

Equity release isn’t right for everyone, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons. We’ve outlined a few of them below, but it’s important to get advice from a financial adviser before making any decisions.

Pros

  • Tax-free cash for retirement
  • Stay in your own home
  • No need for monthly repayments
  • You can’t owe more than the value of your home, so you won’t pass on debt

Cons

  • Reduced inheritance for your family
  • Interest is added and can grow quickly
  • Benefits may be affected as your income and/or savings will increase
  • There may be fees to pay (You can use some of the money you release to cover this)

Next steps

Releasing equity with SunLife usually takes around 8-12 weeks. There are just five simple steps:

  1. Call our friendly team on 0800 633 5566 for your free eligibility check.
  2. Speak to a qualified financial adviser.
  3. Fill in your application – your adviser can help you with this.
  4. Talk to a solicitor.
  5. Get your money to spend as you wish.

SunLife's equity
release guide

Our simple guide to releasing equity tells you everything you need to know. Simply, request your guide below.

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Important information

  • 90% of lifetime mortgage customers release equity within £10,000 – £100,000 or more. The amount released will depend on your age and value of your property.
  • You continue to own your house with a lifetime mortgage which is a debt secured against it. The value of equity released, plus accrued interest, is to be repaid upon death or moving into permanent long-term care.
  • If you have an existing mortgage, you must use the money you release to pay it off first.

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Answers to your questions

What is 'equity'?

The ‘equity’ (or cash) in your home is its market value, minus any mortgage or debt you have against it.

Am I eligble for equity release?

To release equity, you need to be aged 55 or over, own a home worth at least £70,000, and have paid off your mortgage or only have a relatively small mortgage remaining. (You’ll need to use the equity you release to pay off any remaining mortgage, but you can spend the rest as you wish.)

Is equity release right for me?

When you call the SunLife Equity Release Service, we’ll refer you to an equity release expert adviser from Age Lifetime. They’ll help you decide whether equity release is right for you.

How much equity can I release?

That depends on a lot of things, like the type and value of your home, and your age when you start your plan. It’s likely that the older you are, the more equity (or cash) you can release. Feel free to use our equity release calculator as a guide.

Can I still move or sell my home?

With many equity release schemes, the answer is yes. Just be aware that certain conditions may apply and there may be fees to pay. Your Age Lifetime adviser can discuss this in more detail with you.

Could I end up owing more than my home is worth?

No, because equity release mortgages from an Equity Release Council member come with a ‘no negative equity guarantee’ to protect you – so you’ll never owe more than the value of your home.

Will I have to move out?

If you release equity from an Equity Release Council member, you have the right to remain in your home until you die or move into permanent care. Only then will your home be sold and the outstanding equity release loan be repaid.

Will I have to make monthly repayments?

No. Usually, equity release loans are repaid when you die or go into permanent care and your home is sold. Any equity value left over can be passed on as an inheritance. Depending on your equity release plan, you may be allowed to make regular repayments off the interest on your loan.

Can I pay my equity release back early?

This depends on your equity release provider. There are often early repayment fees, so it’s best to check with your provider and a financial advisor before making any decisions.

Is equity release regulated?

Today’s equity release market is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). And our expert partner, Age Lifetime, is also a member of the Equity Release Council – a trade body whose members must follow a strict code of conduct.

What is the Equity Release Council?

The Equity Release Council (ERC) is a dedicated industry trade body. It represents providers, qualified advisers, intermediaries and surveyors who work in the sector – and all members have to adhere to the Council's Statement of Principles, which are there to provide important safeguards for you. You can find out more at equityreleasecouncil.com.

What happens when I pass away/move into permanent care?

This depends on the type of equity release plan. Generally, with a lifetime mortgage, your family would need to sell the property and then repay the debt with the money from the sale. Whereas with a home reversion plan, your equity release provider would need to sell it. The loan usually needs to be repaid within 6-12 months of your passing. It’s always best to speak to the plan provider to confirm what needs to be done. .

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Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.