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Mythbuster: "I'll have monthly repayments"

Monthly loan repayments can quickly become a burden, but if that's putting you off considering equity release then there's no need to worry

Are there monthly repayments?

Monthly repayments can be a huge burden, but with equity release there is no need to worry.

Like many of our customers, you may choose to use the tax-free cash to pay off your existing debt and reduce your household’s monthly expenditure, and there’s no need to factor paying it back into your budgeting.

With equity release, you don’t have to make monthly repayments. That’s because a lifetime mortgage, the most popular form of equity release, is a loan secured against your home which, alongside the roll-up interest, is typically paid back when your plan comes to an end. That’s usually when you, or the last remaining applicant, either passes away or enters long-term care.

With a home reversion plan, another type of equity release, you sell all or part of your property to a reversion company for lower than market value to receive a cash lump sum. Therefore, it’s not a loan, as you’re selling all or a stake in your home. By taking out equity release, you can rebalance your household budget much more effectively than with some other lending alternatives.

However, our specialist equity release advisers will always discuss other alternatives to equity release with you to make sure you’re making the right choice for you.

Things to consider

Your specialist equity release adviser will explain:

  • You have to get advice before releasing tax-free cash from your home - please read all our information and make sure it’s right for you
  • Key Equity Release offer lifetime mortgages only, which is a loan secured against your home. It will reduce the value of your estate and may affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits
  • All of our plans meet the Equity Release Council standards and come with several protections, including the no negative equity guarantee, which means you’ll never owe more than your home’s value
  • All our equity release advice relates to our range of Key branded products only, and our fixed advice fee of £599 is only payable on completion
  • You should always think carefully before securing a loan against your home
Page last updated: Thursday 18 November 2021