Ill Retirees Could Withdraw More Equity

By: Markie Shephard

Retirees suffering from ill health may be entitled to enhanced terms available from some specialist equity release providers, according to Key Retirement Solutions.

For those who are suffering from ill-health that may impact their life expectancy, some specialist equity release providers will allow them to release greater sums from their homes compared to traditional lenders.

In addition more favourable terms may be available from some providers. The nature of the health condition, including severity, length of condition and the treatment being received, are all factors that may affect the amount that can be released.

Conditions that will be considered include heart attack, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory disease, kidney or liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and high blood pressure or cholesterol.

Some retirees are understandably uneasy about investigations into their health, so it is important to note that when applying for an enhanced terms equity release product, it is not necessary to have a medical, the provider will simply obtain confirmation of their condition from their GP.

Only approach a proven specialist equity release adviser to make sure you can be safe in the knowledge they will be suitable trained to ask the correct questions in a sensitive manner to assess your eligibility.

Dean Mirfin, business development director at Key Retirement Solutions, said: "Health is a sensitive issue for many, but when considering equity release it is vital that retirees are open and honest about any condition or medication they are taking, as this will ensure their financial adviser is adequately informed to give the best possible advice.

"The possibility of receiving a better deal by taking out an enhanced product highlights the need for retirees to make sure they seek specialist independent financial advice before making any decisions. Not only is it important to make sure equity release is right for you, but also that you are raising the money effectively and taking out a plan that is suited to your individual needs and circumstances."

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