Is There a Prudential Equity Release Calculator for Existing Plan Holders?
Prudential is no longer offering lifetime mortgages to new customers. However, Prudential had one of the most successful lifetime mortgage schemes at the time, so there are currently plenty of existing plan holders who still have a Prudential lifetime mortgage plan.
So, can existing customers release additional equity from their property? And if so, is there a Prudential equity release calculator that can help existing plan holders understand how much they could release?
The short answer is that there isn’t a Prudential equity release calculator for existing customers. However, there is way for customers to find out if they can release additional equity from their property and also find out how much, without the need for an equity release calculator! By following some simple steps, it is possible for existing Prudential equity release customers to have additional funds in their bank in as little as two weeks.
Prudential offered their lifetime mortgage in two forms – a fixed single lump sum lifetime mortgage and a more flexible drawdown lifetime mortgage which allowed for more than one equity release lump sum. For those who have a single lump sum mortgage from Prudential, releasing additional funds on the same mortgage may not be possible.
For those who have a drawdown lifetime mortgage with Prudential, there is no need for an equity release calculator to find out how much they can release again. If they have sufficient equity left in the property they can easily release it by making a drawdown request. But first they will need to find out how much they can release.
Check your Prudential annual statement
To do this, it is necessary to check the last annual account statement from Prudential. The statement will outline how much equity is left in the property. If you’re unsure about whether you have a single lump sum or a drawdown mortgage, your statement will also clarify this or contact your local equity release adviser.
The figure you are looking for is the remaining funds left in your drawdown facility. These are unused funds that were set aside from inception of the Prudential lifetime mortgage plan. The basic calculation for remaining fund availability is:-
Total reserve facility from outset – capital withdrawn to date = cash available now
Once you have made sure you can release more funds, you can simply make a request to do so directly from the provider or with the help of an equity release adviser. The drawdown request can be made by filling in a form online, or over the phone by calling the provider.
An equity release calculator tells users if they are eligible to release more equity and how much they can release. For existing customers for the Prudential lifetime mortgage, this is exactly what your annual statement will tell you. You can consult an equity release expert or the provider if you are unsure about the type of mortgage, or need further advice about additional release.
Consider switching plans if unsuccessful
Should you be unsuccessful in your goal to raise further funds with a Prudential equity release, then you will need to consider the alternatives. It will have been over 4 years ago that the last Prudential lifetime mortgage scheme also known as the Property Value Release Plan was written.
If Prudential’s equity release calculation ‘says no’ and you do need extra cash funds then consider an equity release remortgage and analyse whether it would be worth swapping a lifetime mortgage scheme. With interest rates as low as they have ever been, it may not be a bad idea anyway!
However, before you even consider switching equity release schemes, remember the Prudential early repayment charges were linked to the Bank of England base rate which currently is only 0.5%. The latter Prudential Property Release Plans were taken when the base rate was still at 0.5% so they could effectively remortgage without any early repayment charges (ERC’s). However, early plans could have been taken out when the base rate was 4-5%, thus meaning a penalty would arise if the scheme was transferred.
It would be prudent to seek the advice of equity release remortgage professionals on this basis, as the ERC’s would need building into the switch plans calculation. However, there are analysis tools available on the internet which can do a switch plans analysis for you. This will check your break-even point & highlight the whether it maybe worthwhile to remortgage to a new equity release lender or not, should Prudential not allow additional borrowing.
For a free analysis contact Compare Equity Release on 0800 678 5169 or visit their site by clicking here for their unique switch plans tool page.