It is not at all hard to release equity from your home under the given market conditions. Releasing equity from your home can be a straight forward event under the right advice from brokers or independent financial advisers. It is important that you seek advice only from the qualified and approved independent financial advisers. They can help and guide you in understanding all the key features as well as the associated risks related to the different equity release schemes regulated by the Equity Release Council.
The eligibility for taking an equity release on your home in not difficult. You must be at least 60 year old for opting a home reversion plan, however the minimum age for lifetime mortgages is defined as 55 years by most of the equity release providers. You must also own a home in UK, which is in reasonable state and free from any outstanding mortgage.
If the house is under some shared arrangement with your spouse or partner then the equity release can be taken jointly by the consent of both the partners. Moreover, in joint occupancy cases, the age of the youngest homeowner must be at least 55 years. The process starts by fixing an appointment with a financial independent adviser or broker. Financial adviser will recommend you some equity release schemes depending on your individual requirement and financial state.
The application process for releasing equity from your home starts by filling an application form with the help of your financial adviser. He will also help you to submit the form to an equity release provider along with the required fees. The equity release provider will appoint a RICS qualified surveyor to visit your home and do the valuation of your property after your application form is received.
An offer will be made to you stating the amount that can be borrowed and your solicitor will help you understand all the legal terms and conditions attached to it. You as well as your solicitor will be required to sign the acceptance form and send it back to the equity release provider. After completing all the legal checks and formalities, the equity release provider will release the funds to your solicitor who will assist you to get the money transferred in your account.