Equity release tops 500 products for first time on record

Equity release

The maximum LTV available across the market stands at 49%, compared to 48% a year ago

The number of equity release products on the market has topped 500 for the first time on record, analysis from Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals.

The increase in competition in the market in recent weeks is in line with borrower demand. The lenders in the space are Aviva, Canada Life, Just, Legal & General Home Finance, LV=, More2Life, OneFamily and Pure Retirement.

Moneyfacts says Just and Pure Retirement each have over 130 deals in their ranges.

The maximum loan-to-value (LTV) available across the market stands at 49%, compared to 48% a year ago, and 49% five years ago.

Moneyfacts.co.uk finance expert Rachel Springall says: It’s great to see lenders working hard to cater to borrower demand as we reveal the number of equity release options have reached levels never seen before.

There are now over 500 deals available and since the start of this month, lenders have continued to launch and reprice their ranges. The average rate is now 4.07%, so it has increased slightly from the record low seen in March 2021 of 3.86%, but predominantly we are seeing lenders reduce rates this month, she says.

Those borrowers considering releasing wealth out of their home will be pleased to see that the maximum LTV has remained stable over the years, currently at an average of 49%, with the most notable change in the market being the rise in choice and more attractive interest rates on offer, she says. Over the past two years, the average equity release rate has dropped by 1.02% and there are 323 more options on the market to assess, and overall the market remains resilient despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to a recent report from the Equity Release Council, the volume of new lifetime mortgages taken out during H2 2020 rose by 19% compared to the first six months of the year. The report also revealed that over-55s withdrew 46p of property wealth for every £1 of flexible pension payments in H2 2020, in line with 2019, Springall says.

She says this demonstrates how the wealth in property can play a part in retirement planning, but opting for equity release should not be a decision taken lightly, such as the impact it has on passing inheritance to family members.

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