Pros and cons of the downsizing alternative to equity release

4th January 2016

Home owners considering downsizing should certainly be aware of stamp duty, legal, removal and estate agency fees, as well as the emotional cost of moving away from the family home, neighbours, friends and familiar local services.

Equity release customers are accessing some of the funds from their property wealth without having to tackle the financial and emotional issues involved in moving home.

Cost is an important factor for many homeowners who choose to stay and improve their home rather than downsize.

Stamp duty, legal and removal fees and the cost of turning their next house into a home make downsizing an expensive option for many.

The risk of losing touch with friends and family and local services, including healthcare, can also impact negatively on the decision to move.

Downsizing is logical and sensible and should work in theory for many, but turning the theory into practice is tougher than it seems and the theory overlooks a wide range of issues that are important to retired homeowners.

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Equity release will reduce the value of your estate and may also affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits. You should always think carefully before securing a loan against your home.

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A lifetime mortgage is the most popular form of equity release, and is a loan secured against your home that’s typically repaid when you pass away or go into long-term care.