Eq­uity re­lease could be key to im­prov­ing your home

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

is to fund home im­prove­ments, with 64 per cent us­ing the cash this way.

Other rea­sons for re­leas­ing eq­uity were to clear debts, with three in 10 pen­sion­ers us­ing the cash boost this way, and a fur­ther 23 per cent used it to re­pay their mort­gage. More than a fifth used it to help rel­a­tives.

Key’s Mar­ket Mon­i­tor found that prop­erty wealth boosted the stan­dard of liv­ing for pen­sion­ers in Scot­land by more than £46.6mil­lion in the first half of this year.

That’s a 20 per cent rise com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

Re­tired Scot­tish home­own­ers made about £45,000 tax-free each on av­er­age by cash­ing in on their homes dur­ing this time.

Dean Mirfin, tech­ni­cal direc­tor at Key Re­tire­ment, says: “Eq­uity re­lease is a real al­ter­na­tive for over-55s who are see­ing tra­di­tional re­tire­ment in­come so­lu­tions squeezed by his­tor­i­cally low in­ter­est rates, and pen­sion in­comes hit by his­tor­i­cally low an­nu­ity rates.”

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