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Equity release customers save 'up to £75,000' as the cost of borrowing tumbles

01 September 2017

Equity release customers are saving up to, or in excess, of £75,000 as increased competition drives record growth in property wealth being used to boost the standard of living in retirement, analysis* from leading over-55s finance specialist Key Retirement shows.
The cost of raising money through lifetime mortgages, the most popular form of equity release, has dropped dramatically over the past five years. A customer today releasing the average amount of £70,625** could save as much as £75,000 in interest over 20 years.
In 2012 a total of £832 million of property wealth was released, as 19,675 plans were sold.
Key’s Market Monitor** for the first half of this year shows total property wealth released is 50% higher than the whole of 2012 at £1.246 billion and plan sales were 17,656, as nearly 100 customers a day used equity release to improve their standard of living.
The analysis shows that for the current average loan and typical customer profile*** customers would have paid £224,989 in interest over 20 years at the 2012 rate, compared with £150,518 at today’s rate - a saving of £74,831 in total.
The table below shows the savings over five, 10, 15 and 20 years.

2012 RATE OF 5.82% £94,949 £126,585 £168,761 £224,989
2017 RATE OF 3.8% £85,820 £103,413 £124,263 £150,158
SAVING £9,129 £23,172 £44,498 £74,831
Source: Key Retirement, 2017
Dean Mirfin, technical director at Key, said: “Retired homeowners are benefiting from record growth in the equity release market, as increased competition drives down the cost of borrowing.
“The example shows the fall in rates over the past five years has been significant and is helping more customers support their family, as well as themselves, as equity release makes a major contribution to the retirement standard of living.

“Existing customers can also take advantage of falling rates but it is important they ensure they take independent specialist advice before making any decisions to switch as savings from lower rates need to be balanced against any early repayment charges.”

Key’s Half Year Equity Release Market Report, and previous reports can be downloaded at:
Anyone looking to release equity from their home can get Key’s independent guide to equity release by calling 0800 531 6027 or visiting

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