How much equity can I take out of my home in 2024? (How much you can borrow)

How much can you release from your home? The maximum percentage of lending on a lifetime mortgage has changed significantly in 2024 due to the launch of a new interest only lifetime mortgage which will raise up to around 55%.

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How much equity can you take out of your house?

Updated February 2024
Homeowner’s aged 55 or over may be able to release between 23% and 50% of the value of your home using equity release lifetime mortgages. 
Raising cash from your home can provide the financial freedom to settle existing mortgages and debts, carry out home improvements and to continue enjoying hobbies and the lifestyle you enjoy, whilst creating long lasting memories in your golden years. 
Our free lifetime mortgage calculator will help you get started with understanding how much equity you can release. 
Understanding how much you can borrow on a lifetime mortgage will help you determine your options, and dealing with an expert broker such as Later Life Finance is important to compare providers and schemes. 
Flexible plans now include interest only lifetime mortgages with repayments and plans offering downsizing protection for moving home. 
Equity release can be used for various reasons, from repaying an existing mortgage, supplementing your income, gifting a living inheritance or pay for care needs.
For those keen to explore equity release without passing your personal details on to obtain a calculation, Later Life Finance can help. We are an FCA authorised broker and a member of the equity release council. 
As a specialist lifetime mortgage broker we can provide figures, guidance, and answer all your questions without any obligation. 
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What percentage can you get from your home with equity release?

how much equity can i release from my home

The percentage you may be able to release between 23% and 50% of the value of your home using equity release lifetime mortgages. 

Later Life Finance provide advice on all equity release schemes to help you understand all your options when understanding how much equity you can release from your home. 

Our lifetime mortgage calculator will help you get started with how much equity you can borrow from your home. 

Our experts will help you determine how much equity you have in your home with a free review of all your options. 

How much equity release can I borrow?

Equity release lenders will allow you to borrow a percentage of the value of your home. 

The equity in your home is the value minus any mortgage or secured lending you may have. For example, if you have a home valued at £300,000 and mortgage of £100,000, this means you have £200,000 of equity in your home. 

If you release equity from your home, your existing secured lending will need to be repaid from the equity you are borrowing against the value. 

The lender instructs a valuation at the outset, and part of the surveyors checks are to ensure the property is in good condition and repair.  

Later Life Finance will help you understand how much equity you have and determine how much equity you can release from your home, the best way to setup a lifetime mortgage, and how to pay the interest to avoid your equity being eroded by compound interest. 

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Lifetime mortgage FAQs

The amount you can release on a lifetime mortgage is usually between 20% and 50% of the home's valuation. This is based on the age of the youngest homeowner and the property type.
If you need to raise more money and have no remaining Drawdown (reserve) Facility, you may be able to take a Further Advance from your lifetime mortgage. This is additional borrowing on top of your existing lifetime mortgage and is subject to the valuation of your home and the balance on your lifetime mortgage.
Equity release companies who adhere to the Equity Release Council codes of conduct offer the option to transfer your lifetime mortgage to a new property if you decide to move. However, certain conditions must be met for the new property to be considered "suitable." A suitable property refers to one that is deemed marketable by the equity release company in the future. For instance, if the new property is located in a flood-prone area, the transfer of the lifetime mortgage may not be permitted. In the case of downsizing to a property of lesser value, you might be required to repay a portion of your lifetime mortgage to facilitate the transfer.
In the case of a lifetime mortgage, you generally do not need to make monthly repayments since the loan, along with the accumulated interest, is settled when your home is eventually sold. Your lifetime mortgage adviser will provide detailed projections of how much you will pay back based on whether you opt to make payments or not.
In the event of you passing away shortly after obtaining a lifetime mortgage, the interest accrued would not have significantly accumulated, resulting in a smaller growth of the debt. If no other homeowner is listed on the lifetime mortgage, the lender requires the mortgage to be settled within 12 months of you passing away. The executors of your will sell the property and utilise the proceeds to settle the debt. The beneficiaries of your estate may opt pay off the debt using cash or a new mortgage and retain ownership of the property. This will depend on factors including your wishes set out in your will, and on whether the property is to be retained or sold, with any remaining equity divided by your beneficiaries. 
Equity release lenders who are a member of the Equity Release Council provide a no-negative equity guarantee. This ensures you will never be required to repay more than the proceeds from the sale of your home to settle the debt. In other words, the lender cannot pursue you for any shortfall between the debt amount and the sale proceeds. This protection is made possible by the no negative equity guarantee, which is upheld by all members of the Equity Release Council. According to this guarantee, the lender is strictly limited to requesting only 100% of the sale proceeds as repayment. They are not permitted to seek additional payment from you, your estate, or your estate beneficiaries.
A typical rate for a lifetime mortgage typically falls between 5.9% and 7%. That said, your rate may be different depending on factors like your loan-to-value ratio and the features included in your plan. It’s important to compare the features of different plans to find the one that best fits your needs.
Lifetime mortgages come with a few risks, such as the possibility of owing more than the value of your home due to accumulated interest. They also require monthly fees and can significantly reduce the amount of inheritance you can pass on to family members. Ultimately, it’s important to consider all of these factors when deciding if a lifetime mortgage is the right choice for you.
Lifetime mortgage interest rates are typically based on your age, the amount of money you need to borrow, and the value of your property. Generally speaking, the older you are and the less you borrow, the lower the rate you can expect. Drawdown lifetime mortgages have interest rates set at the time of further borrowing, whereas the initial lump sum is determined at the time of arranging the plan. So be sure to research what’s out there before making a decision.
Yes, you can pay off a lifetime mortgage early, but there may be fees associated with doing so. Providers have varying levels of early repayment charges which your equity release adviser will discuss with you to ensure you have access to all your options and understand the features and charges. It is best to check with your provider before you decide on the repayment plan.
Lifetime mortgages come in several forms, including lump sum, drawdown and interest-only plans. Each offers different rates and repayment arrangements, so your adviser can tailor the mortgage to meet your needs. Later Life Finance provides access to the whole lifetime mortgage market. We will explain the features, costs and points to consider of each option. This will help you make a balanced decision on the right solution for you.
You can repay an interest-only mortgage with an equity release plan. Lifetime mortgages are the most popular form of equity release and allow optional repayments of interest charges, if you wish. Since monthly repayments are voluntary with a lifetime mortgage, your home is not at risk of repossession if you do not maintain monthly payments.Therefore these plans can be more suitable into retirement years.
An interest-only lifetime mortgage is a type of equity release plan where you can pay the interest off on a monthly basis. This avoids compound interest being added which stops the loan from increasing. This type of mortgage is popular for homeowners who want to maintain equity in the home for inheritance or downsizing purposes.