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Introduction to lifetime mortgages

  • Allows you to release a one-off cash lump sum

  • You will always retain ownership of your home

  • You will never owe more than the value of your property

  • Your home will never be repossessed

What is a lifetime mortgage?

In its very simple form, a lifetime mortgage allows you to release some of the equity in your property, without the need to move. They work slightly differently to traditional mortgages; how much you can borrow depends on how old you are and the value of your property, rather than the amount you can afford to pay each month.

OneFamily Lifetime Mortgages

Available to homeowners aged 55 or over, our OneFamily Lifetime Mortgages enable you to borrow a one-off lump sum, and then choose whether you want to make monthly interest payments, a more flexible arrangement of one-off voluntary payments, or no payments. You can even choose for your family to make the monthly interest payments.

Either way, the mortgage and any accumulated interest along with any charges, will be repaid when you die, or move into long-term care - using the cash generated from the sale of your home.

Finally, with a lifetime mortgage you will always retain ownership of your home, and your home will never be repossessed (as long as you abide by the terms and conditions of the loan).


Why would I need a lifetime mortgage?

People take out a lifetime mortgage for a wide range of reasons.

Achieving financial security

An increasing amount of people are using a lifetime mortgage to clear their existing Interest-only mortgage which has come to the end of the term. Others are using the money to top up their pension and secure a better quality of living.

Home improvements

For some people, it allows them to upgrade their existing home or to undertake essential repairs. For others, it may allow them to raise money to purchase a more expensive property. This may sound unusual as there’s a perception that you should down-size when you retire, but for some this isn’t possible and often, moving closer to your family means that you may have to pay more for your new home.

Helping out loved ones

Finally, we recognise that many people use a lifetime mortgage to help their family. Perhaps it will help children to move home, buy their first property, pay school fees or just help them through an expensive time of their life.

Before progressing...

Whilst there are many more reasons why people use a lifetime mortgage, it is important to state that there are some risks that you may face. For example, a lifetime mortgage may affect your right to state benefits and other benefits and concessions. Also, your estate will be reduced due to the lifetime mortgage, plus there could be risks associated with an increase in interest rates. Your financial adviser will be able to explain more.


What to consider

More and more people are now considering equity release as part of their financial planning for retirement. However, you must ensure that you are happy with how the lifetime mortgage works and the terms and conditions associated with it. You need to understand it will impact any inheritance that you leave to your beneficiaries and may impact your rights to state benefits. Please read our Guide to Lifetime Mortgages for more information or speak to your financial adviser.

Get advice

You will need to discuss your situation with a suitably qualified financial adviser. They will be able to listen to your needs and research your options amongst a wide range of mortgage providers. It may be that a OneFamily Lifetime Mortgage isn't right for you. Only your financial adviser will be able to tell you this.

If you do not have a financial adviser, then the following links below will provide some options. This includes OneFamily Advice – independent and impartial advisers who offer whole of market lifetime mortgage advice.

Member of the Equity Release Council

OneFamily is a member of the Equity Release Council, which means that we adhere to a strict code of conduct.

To find out more, please visit their website at

This is a lifetime mortgage

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