Trust In Equity Release August Newsletter


Dear Colleague


Divorce Rescue – Keeping the family home


According to the latest ONS figures (published in

December 2012) the number of divorces in England

and Wales in 2011 was 117,558 with the highest rate

amongst men and women aged 40 to 44.

Based on marriage, divorce and mortality statistics for 2010, it is

estimated that the percentage of marriages ending in divorce is

currently 42%


For many of these couples the only major asset to be shared is the family home. For

the younger divorcees many could still have a fairly large mortgage on the property.

They will probably still be working so remortgaging to buy one partner out or selling

and borrowing against a new property are standard solutions.


However those in the younger age group may not be able to go down the traditional

mortgage solution route for the following reasons:

  • They may not have sufficient income for the new mortgage
  • They may not be able to raise funds to buy out the other partner
  • They may not be working, especially if still bringing up young children.

In these circumstances, with the help of parents, equity release could provide an

alternative option by releasing funds to help buy out the other partner.


Equity Release schemes may work out to be more expensive than alternatives such as

downsizing to a smaller property and could possibly limit a customer’s options for

moving home at a later date. Interest repayment options are available as interest

rolling up can erode the remaining equity in the property.


Instances of divorce amongst the elderly is also on the increase and again by using

Equity Release it may be possible to buy out the other partner by releasing funds to

buy out their share.


Two examples where Equity Release can help to possibly avoid having to sell the

marital home to fund divorce settlement. Please feel free to contact me if you have

specific cases where the sale of the family home is to hopefully be avoided.


Equity Release includes home reversion plans and lifetime mortgages. To

understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration.

For equity release we can be paid by commission, or a fee of usually £895 or a

combination of both.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your


For mortgages, we do not usually charge for administering your mortgage

application as we receive a commission from the lender. Alternatively, you can

opt to pay 0.40% of the value of the loan and receive a refund of commission

from the lender on completion.


IF YOU THINK I CAN HELP RING ME ON 01704 512120 OR 07714 414545


Steve Harrison CeMAP, CeRER

Equity Release Consultant





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