9 simple steps to taking out a lifetime mortgage
When you take out a lifetime mortgage with us, we're with you every step of the way. You'll have your own personal advice team who'll guide you through the advice journey. This is the process we follow but the steps are similar if you're using your own independent adviser.
1. Try our calculator
Find out how much equity you could release from your home. It only takes a minute and you don’t need exact figures, just a rough idea will do. But please be aware that the value of your home must be £100,000.
Try our calculator
2. Call us
Just call us to find out more. No question is too small, we're ready to take your call and very happy to help whatever the query. There's no obligation and no pushy sales tactics. We can check you meet the basic eligibility criteria if you would like us to.
We recommend that all our customers talk to a family member or trusted friends before taking out one of our Lifetime Mortgages.
Our advisers can only advise on our Lifetime Mortgage products.
If you'd prefer to talk to your own financial adviser but you don't have one, you can find a list of advisers in your area on the Equity Release Council or Unbiased website.
3. Getting to know you
Now it’s time to find out more about you. A Legal & General Customer Service Agent will call you to gain a deeper understanding of your financial circumstances and particular needs. This information forms the basis of our research and final recommendation to you.
4. Introducing your Adviser
We’ll send you a short biography and photo of your Adviser so that you know exactly who you’re talking to when they introduce themselves as part of the recommendation call.
5. Recommendation call
Your Legal & General Financial Adviser will talk you through their recommendation, so that you can ask questions and take time to fully understand the product they’re recommending. This is an important meeting so do feel free to invite family or a close friend along to join the call. This can be carried out using a 3 way call process which the adviser will be able to provide full details on how this works. If you choose to proceed with our recommendation, we’ll do all the paperwork and submit the application for you
6. Appoint a solictor
You’ll need to appoint a solicitor who specialises in equity release to act on your behalf and to provide you with independent legal advice. If your own solicitor isn’t a specialist or you’d just like some help finding a suitable solicitor, we recommend you contact the Equity Release Council who have a list of equity release solicitors. To help you understand the legal process further, we also have a guide you can download:
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We’ll arrange for an independent valuation of your house. The surveyor will call you to book a time that is convenient for you. You can also watch our short video about the lifetime mortgage valuation process.
In normal circumstances we instruct an independent valuer to visit you and value your property. To protect our people and our customers from COVID-19, this has been replaced by a desktop valuation.
- A desktop valuation is completed by an independent valuer using publicly available information to assess the value of your home. This includes getting details about your property from the Land Registry and using online information to review any previous sales history. The final valuation figure will also consider the actual sale prices of similar properties in your area.
- Once the desktop valuation of your home has taken place and the valuer has sent us their report, we will review this along with your lifetime mortgage application.
- Because a desktop valuation is less accurate that a valuer visiting your property, we can only use 95% of the desktop valuation when we calculate the amount we can lend to you.
- If everything is acceptable to us, we’ll send you your Offer of Loan and the application process will continue.
- After current social distancing restrictions have been lifted we’ll arrange a physical valuation. This is for our information only and will not change the amount that you have borrowed from us.
8. Offer and legal
Once the valuation is done and your application is approved, we’ll send you and your solicitor the offer. Your solicitor will discuss the offer with you and make sure you understand the implications of a lifetime mortgage. It’s important to take their legal advice.
9. Money received
A completion date will be agreed and the money will be released to your solicitor, who will repay any existing mortgage or debt against your home. If you’ve chosen to pay the solicitor costs out of the loan, they’ll deduct these before paying the remainder to you.
Frequently asked questions
Commonly asked questions about lifetime mortgages.
Find out how to get more information and advice about taking out a lifetime mortgage.