Could you use your home as a cash machine?

More and more people over the age of fifty-five, are using their home as a cash machine as interest rates continue to fall on Equity Release plans. The rates have tumbled from around 8% four years ago, to fixed rates below 3% today. How can you turn your home into a cash machine? According to [...]

2019-08-28T09:14:48+01:00 September 9th, 2019|News|

Mortgage criteria: How much can I borrow?

The first question our mortgage advisers are usually asked is "How much can I borrow”? In the past, mortgage lenders based the amount you could borrow mainly on a multiple of your income. This was often referred to as the loan-to-income ratio. Mortgage criteria have now changed. This worked by looking at your salary and [...]

2019-07-01T16:43:39+01:00 July 15th, 2019|News|

Property wealth is used to clear unsecured debts.

First of all, for many people entering retirement with a reduced income, budgeting to pay for existing mortgage and credit card debts can be hugely stressful. Often people will continue working longer than they planned or consider drastic and unnecessary changes to their lifestyle by selling up and moving to a cheaper property. Figures show [...]

2019-07-24T16:51:21+01:00 July 4th, 2019|News|

It’s official. Best Equity Release Adviser of the Year.

We have received Retirement Planners "Best Equity Release Adviser of the Year" award. Congratulations to our equity release advisers John Cossons and Darren Amos whom both submitted entries to this years, Retirement Planner Awards. Their applications helped Anstee & Co. to win the coveted award of “Best Equity Release Adviser of the Year” for 2019. [...]

2019-06-20T15:39:27+01:00 June 20th, 2019|News|

Pension. Should I rely just on the State Pension?

Many people perceive pensions to be overcomplicated. However, the basic principle is a simple one. First of all, it is worth understanding the benefits of saving into a pension scheme and not just relying on the State Pension. The State Pension will provide you with a foundation, but for most of us, it may not [...]

2019-05-31T09:25:35+01:00 June 17th, 2019|News|

Lasting Power of Attorney. A surge in popularity.

More and more people are looking for the protection given by a Lasting Power of Attorney. As the United Kingdom population gets older and the fear of family disputes increases, it has led to a rise in people handing over their financial affairs to friends or family members in case they should fall ill. Figures [...]

2019-06-26T18:43:00+01:00 June 3rd, 2019|News|

Equity release could change your life for the better

What is equity release? Equity release is designed for homeowners aged 55 and over to release money from the property they live in without having to make any regular repayments. There are two types of equity release- Lifetime Mortgages and Home Reversion plans. Both are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Using any of these [...]

2019-04-24T12:00:23+01:00 March 7th, 2019|News|

Paying off your mortgage when you have retired.

Recent figures released from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), show that 40% of borrowers who took out a mortgage in 2017 will be over the age of 65 by the time the loan is repaid. Why is this happening? With property prices increasing, first-time buyers are often having to wait until their thirties before they [...]

2019-02-27T12:31:06+01:00 February 27th, 2019|News|

Could Equity Release be the answer to interest only mortgages?

For homeowners with an interest-only mortgage, these can be worrying times. Many will not have a repayment plan and could be looking at an uncertain financial future. The worst affected are people coming up to retirement. They are likely to have taken out an endowment plan which was designed to repay the capital amount of [...]

2019-03-18T15:35:51+01:00 February 25th, 2019|News|

Equity release continues to grow in popularity.

Over the last year, we have seen the equity release market continue to grow. Furthermore, market commentators now estimate that lending has reached over £4 billion.  So why the continual growth? Product Innovation. Many feel that the growth in equity release has been driven by lender innovation.  Across the whole of the later life lending [...]

2019-02-01T17:20:01+01:00 February 14th, 2019|News|