What happens if my home has negative equity?
Most lenders offer a ‘no negative equity guarantee’. This means that the amount you owe can never be more than the value of your home. Even if the amount you borrow (plus the rolled up interest) is more than your property’s selling price, you will not have to repay any more than the amount your home is sold for.
An example lifetime mortgage calculation
Your home is worth £100,000 and you are 65. You borrow £30,000 at a fixed rate of interest of 6.5%. There are no monthly payments. Instead, interest is added on and rolled up over the lifetime of the loan.
Because you do not pay off any interest as you go along, the amount you owe mounts up more quickly so that after 15 years you owe the lender £77,155. This includes the £30,000 you originally borrowed. Any increase in the value of your home, after paying off the loan and interest, belongs to you or your family.
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