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27 per cent of equity release plans used to clear mortgages in 2017

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Equity release is a way of retaining the use of your home or object of capital value whilst obtaining a lump sum by using the value of your house. The income provider will be repaid upon your death by the sale of your house.

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The Financial Conduct Authority is concerned that a substantial number of mortgage borrowers are taking out interest-only mortgages and have no plans in place at the end of the mortgage term to pay off the balance. To solve this problem, they are using equity release to pay off their mortgages. In 2017, equity release was used in this way by 27 per cent of customers, suggesting that debt in later life is becoming the norm.

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With customers more relaxed about using their assets to pay off debts, financial advisers need to take a more rounded view of their clients’ assets when giving …