What costs are involved in equity release schemes?


When you apply for any type of financial product, you will more than likely have to pay an application fee and various other costs. The same applies for equity release schemes. Before entering into and equity release scheme it is essential that you understand the full costs of the scheme. Looking at costs involves considering not only the direct establishment costs, but also the total costs over the duration of the scheme.

You should always seek legal advice from a qualified financial counsellor before applying for an equity release schemes. You should also seek legal advice from an equity release solicitor. Following are the main costs you should ask your equity release solicitor about:

Application fee

Also called an arrangement fee, this is usually around £750.

Legal costs

The costs of using an equity release solicitor will vary but are generally around £300-700. The amount will vary depending on the solicitor you choose and their hourly rate. Some equity release solicitors offer fixed fee services. However, if you are asking an equity release solicitor to advise you on various equity release schemes, their fees will rise accordingly.

Valuation fee

You will need to pay for your property to be valued, which is generally charged as a percentage of the value of the property.

Early repayment charge

If you wish to pay a lifetime mortgage off early, you may be charged early repayment charges. These charges can be quite high, so it is important to understand how this may affect you in the future.

Rental charges

Under some home reversion schemes you may have to pay rent. Usually, if it is charged at all, this is only nominal rent. However, you need to consider your ongoing financial ability to meet these costs.

Building insurance

Your equity release contract will normally require you to take out comprehensive building insurance. Whilst this is a fairly standard cost in home ownership, it is important to factor it into your calculations accordingly.

Working out the costs that will apply to your contract overall can be difficult without the help of a professional. An equity release solicitor can examine a contract carefully to consider the possible costs that could accrue in different situations.

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