If you're over the age of 55 an interest only lifetime mortgage could allow you to release a cash lump sum via a mortgage secured on your home. You also retain full ownership of your property.
This is the most cost-effective method of equity release as it allows you to manage the associated interest charges by making monthly repayments. As long as you keep up with the interest payments the amount you owe never increases. This avoids the compounding of interest associated with lifetime mortgages, where interest is charged on the interest already added to the mortgage.
To qualify, you must meet the provider’s affordability criteria. If you can’t afford or choose not to make full repayments you can elect to make partial payments, to help reduce the long-term cost.