Protection – The benefits of insuring ourselves against undesirable events cannot be overlooked.
Financial products are sometimes at their most useful when they are protecting our families, our incomes or our property.
Whilst insuring ourselves against an undesirable event such as sickness or death, may not be a pleasant thing to think about, the benefit of being able to set financial issues aside at emotionally difficult times cannot be overlooked.
There are various ways in which a family can protect itself, and because of the large range of products available, there is usually an appropriate policy for most circumstances, and most budgets.
We can help with many ways to protect your family and your standard of living when you need it most. Click on the different protection options on the main menu to learn more about these.
Mortgages – Mortgages are one of the largest single transactions in most people’s lives.
Mortgages are one of the largest single transactions in most people’s lives. Buying a property can be a stressful and time-consuming experience; nowadays the financing of a mortgage is a case of finding and selecting the most suitable mortgage, rather than simply accepting a lender’s offer.
Banks, building societies and smaller niche lenders compete for your business, all offering a variety of interest rate deals, associated fees and other enhancements to attract borrowers.
The two main methods of repaying a mortgage are repayment (capital and interest) and interest only. It is also sometimes possible to set this up using a combination of the two. A description of these methods is provided below.
Repayment (capital and interest) method
Under the repayment method your monthly repayments consist of both interest and capital and, over time, the amount of money you actually owe will decrease. In the early years, your repayments will be mainly interest, so the capital outstanding will reduce slowly at the start of the mortgage.
This method ensures that your mortgage is repaid at the end of the term, providing all payments are made on time and in full.
As the name suggests, you will only pay the interest on the amount borrowed and none of the capital, so the capital is still outstanding at the end of the term. Therefore, you will usually need to take out some kind of investment policy to save up enough money to repay the mortgage at the end of the term.
Traditionally, the preferred product for repaying the capital of an interest-only mortgage was a mortgage endowment policy (which included a set amount of life cover). Customers now tend to use Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) and pensions to build up a sufficient sum and to take advantage of the tax breaks offered by these products.
The information here is purely for information purposes only and does not constitute individual advice. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it could be repossessed if you do not keep up the mortgage repayments.
Equity Release – Moving home can be an expensive and stressful process at any age.
Moving home can be an expensive and stressful process at any age. Many people would prefer to stay put and benefit from the ‘equity’ or value tied up in their homes, and equity release schemes allow them to do that.
There are various types of plans available to homeowners aged 55 and over. With Lifetime Mortgages where the interest is rolled up, a loan is taken out on the property to provide a lump sum, an income or a combination of the two. No interest is payable until the home is sold, which could be when you and your partner have both died or gone into long-term care.
A Lifetime Mortgage with a drawdown facility allows you to take the cash in stages as it suits you. This can be useful as it gives flexibility and the reassurance that you can access further funds at some point in the future should you need them. Interest is also only charged on funds when they are drawn down.
A Home Reversion scheme lets you sell part or all of your home in return for a tax-free lump sum or a regular income and is normally available to homeowners aged 65 and over.
You will normally receive below a below market value for your property, as you retain the right to stay in your home rent-free until you die or move out permanently.
When this happens, your home will be sold and you or your estate will receive the value of your share. The value you receive will be the amount your home sold for, minus the share you sold to the equity release provider originally.
This means you’ll know exactly what percentage of your home’s value will be left to your estate on your death.
Professional advice is essential and equity release isn’t the right solution for everyone. Releasing cash from your home reduces the value of your estate and the amount of inheritance you leave, so you should involve your children and dependants from the outset
Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Equity released from your home will be secured against it.
General Insurance – Whether you rent or own your home, insuring it is the right thing to do.
Protecting your home
Whether you rent or own your home, insuring it makes sense. There are two main types of home insurance to consider – buildings and contents. As the names suggest, buildings insurance protects the property itself, whilst contents insurance covers the furniture, furnishings, appliances, clothing and all your possessions.
Whatever the type of property you live in, even if it’s ‘non-standard’, the chances are we’ll be able help you to find the cover you need. We’ll also be able to help you get the right cover for all your home contents.
Although the value of properties and their contents will vary, it’s important not to underestimate just how much the contents of your home are worth – your electrical and technology items alone could easily add up to thousands of pounds. Gadgets such as tablets are small but relatively expensive and can easily be damaged or stolen. Take a look around you; how much would it cost to replace all the contents of your home?
Although we all like to think that it won’t happen to our home, unfortunately, accidents, fire, burglary and other mishaps are not uncommon. So, whilst it’s tempting to think that home insurance is one expense that can be avoided, such a decision could prove to be a false economy.
The good news is that we can help.
Contact Us – Please contact us to find out how we can help you achieve your financial objectives.
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