The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs Thornton Heath

Qi Financial Solutions

42A Tamworth Rd, Croydon CR0 1XU, UK – 020 8655 3322

Making the financial transition from professional life into retirement has been eased by the excellent pension and mortgage advice received from Qi Financial Solutions. Would highly recommend their expert and personal service and delighted with the returns so far.

I have been very happy with the financial advice I have been given

Vista Finance

17 Church Rd, London SE19 2TF, UK – 020 8419 8133

I would like say a big thank you for all your help with my mortgages and insurances. You have helped me on two occasions to arrange my mortgages, your advice and professionalism on both occasions had been very professional and admirable. I would highly recommend your services to others and hope to work you again in the future.

The team at Vista Finance, especially Pavlos, have been a mentor to me, not only has he advised me during rough times but has successfully arranged number of mortgages for me and my family over the years. He has secured the required finance at competitive terms and within very tight timescales. This is key and valuable at times when purchases had to be completed quickly in order to secure the properties.

Skipton Building Society - Croydon

40 George St, Croydon CR0 1PB, UK – 020 8686 4861

Best building society in croydon. Polite staff. Manageress 10 star.

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