What is an Equity Release Eligibility Calculator?
As equity release has become more and more popular in recent times and the interest in equity release plans has increased, new tools are emerging to help users make sense of whether people meet the eligibility test to meet the wide variety of equity release plans available. Every bit of help is needed when trying to find the best equity release plan that could suit them and the first port of call would be to establish eligibility.
Equity release is a potentially life changing financial concept, so it is always best to seek advice from a qualified independent equity release adviser. But before you do that, let’s look at the many convenient tools that could help you negotiate your way around the world of equity release schemes.
There are two main types of equity release plans: lifetime mortgages and home reversion plans. Different plans have different eligibility criteria and terms of lending. An equity release eligibility calculator is an application that, based on the information you provide, can quickly work out whether you are eligible to apply for a certain equity release plan.
For instance, a lifetime mortgage eligibility calculator can help you understand if you are eligible to apply for a lifetime mortgage, and if so, the maximum amount you could potentially release from your home. Eligibility for a lifetime mortgage is based on the applicant’s age and property value. The longer the term of the loan, the more the value would need to be. The shorter the expected term, the lower the value of the property can be. Therefore, in general, the younger the applicant, the higher the property value will need to be.
Who offers an equity release eligibility calculator?
Let’s look at the Aviva lifetime mortgage as an example. The minimum age to apply for this is 55 years, and the minimum property valuation is £75,000. Aviva’s lifetime mortgage eligibility calculator requires the user to enter their age, the value of the property, whether it is a single or joint application, certain details about the property, and whether you want to set any percentage of the equity as an inheritance.
Based on these details the eligibility calculator can tell you not only if you are eligible to apply for this lifetime mortgage but it also works as an equity release calculator and can tell you the maximum amount you could release through a lifetime mortgage. An equity release eligibility calculator is therefore simply a quick and convenient way to find out if you qualify to apply for a certain equity release scheme, and if so, how much you could potentially release.
Another equity release eligibility calculator is offered by another of the prominent equity release companies – Hodge Lifetime. They provide an equity release eligibility calculation to provide information on whether they could qualify for any of the Hodge Lifetime flexible lifetime mortgage products. Additionally, the calculator will provide not only the amount one can borrow, but also what the future balance is likely to be. This is ideal if you wish to see the effect the compounding yearly interest will have on your inheritance when the house is eventually sold.
For a free check to establish eligibility for any of the current range of equity release schemes from the whole of the market, call Freephone 0800 471 4796.