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Real-life equity release stories: Changing the lives of those around you

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Sandra Eke doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon. 

She’s had a rewarding career as a probation officer and a social worker. Now, however she’s enjoying life as a personal trainer and nutritionist. 
 

Sandra's decision

Hailing from Sidcup on London’s outskirts, Sandra has a daughter and three grandchildren. When they needed somewhere to live, she decided to look at equity release as a way to help. 

“My daughter has been going through a difficult time recently and was struggling to find a place of her own,” Sandra told us.

“When I decided to look into equity release, I spent six months researching the idea before I made the decision to book an appointment.

“I had looked into other companies. However, with Key I felt the adviser was upfront. She was honest and I felt that she looked after my needs.

“I felt the whole package was the best one for me in every way. The whole process was a lot easier than I’d expected it to be. 
 

Making a house a home

When the money arrived in Sandra’s account, the first thing she did was make sure her daughter and grandchildren were taken care of by paying their first year’s rent upfront.

She also ensured her own property benefitted from the tax-free cash she unlocked through equity release on top of enjoying some time away with one of her grandchildren. 

Sandra explained: “I’ve decorated throughout the house, had a new kitchen and bathroom fitted. Rather than do it myself, I paid for someone else to do it. It took the stress away.

“I was also able to take one of my grandchildren to Tenerife to visit my sister. 
 

Sharing her story

By taking equity release, Sandra could change the lives of those who mean the most to her. She firmly believes others should follow in her footsteps. 

“I’ve already recommended equity release to some of my friends. In my view, you should enjoy the money while you’re still alive,” she said.

“I definitely felt I made the right decision and the whole process was spot on.”
  • Change the lives of those you love
  • If you’d like to see how you could make a difference to your loved ones’ lives, use our free equity release calculator. It’ll show you how much tax-free cash you could unlock from your home as well as what plans could be available to you.  
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Things to consider
  • You have to get advice before releasing equity. Please read all our information and make sure it's right for you
  • The plans we recommend have a no negative equity guarantee, so you’ll never owe more than your home’s value
  • Equity release reduces your estate's value and may affect any means-tested benefits you're eligible for
  • A lifetime mortgage, which is a loan secured against your home, is the most popular form of equity release and you will still own your home
  • The initial consultation is free with no obligation. If you proceed with an equity release plan our advice fee, usually 1.99% of the amount released (£1,499 minimum), is only payable on completion 
 
  • Find out more about equity release
  • To find out more about equity release, as well as hear from others who have unlocked some of the tax-free cash tied up in their home, download our free guide today. 
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