If you didn’t take the full amount available to you at the time you took out your lifetime mortgage, or the value of your home has increased sufficiently since then, you may be eligible for a Further Advance. The simplest way to check is by completing our online enquiry form.
If you are eligible for a Further Advance you can only apply through a Financial Adviser as this is additional borrowing on your lifetime mortgage and a long term financial commitment. They will outline the benefits, risks and the costs involved, and make the application for you.
Any additional borrowing will be secured against your home and will be based on the terms available from us at the time you apply.
For more information on taking a Further Advance select one of the options below.
- You can only apply for a Further Advance when you’ve had your lifetime mortgage for 12 months and have taken all the money in your Drawdown Facility if you had one.
- There must be enough equity in your home to release the amount you want. The amount you can take will be based on an independent surveyor’s valuation of your home. This is not the same as an estate agent valuation which may be higher as it is intended for marketing the property rather than checking its value and suitability for a mortgage.
- If you have Inheritance Protection this can be reduced or removed when you take a Further Advance to increase the amount available to you. You should consider discussing the impact of a Further Advance on your inheritance with your family or beneficiaries before making a decision.
- The minimum amount you may be able to take is £5000. The interest rate may be different from your initial loan depending on the interest rates available at the time you request a Further Advance.
- There are costs to consider when applying for a Further Advance and these are detailed in your Tariff of Charges.
- Your Further Advance will be paid in a single lump sum with no drawdown facility. When deciding on how much to take, you and your adviser should consider your current and future financial needs as you may be able to take more Further Advance’s but you’ll have to follow the same advice and application process.
- If you want to apply for a Further Advance this can only be done through your Financial Adviser and will typically take 3-4 weeks to complete. In most circumstances you won’t need a solicitor.
To check if you are eligible for a Further Advance please have the following information ready
- Account number - to identify your account we need your account number. This can be found on your Offer of Loan document or your annual statement.
- Email address - we need your email address to reply to your enquiry. If this is a joint account you only need to give us one email address.
- Authority to act on the customer’s behalf – before we can release any information relating to your account, we need to be sure that we're dealing with you, or someone who has the correct authority to act on your behalf. If you're not the account holder and we already hold your authority details, you can complete the online request form. If we don’t have your authority details, please call our customer service team on 03330 048 444. Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. We may record and monitor calls.
- Details of your initial loan or most recent drawdown – we'll ask for information about your account to check that you're the person who took out the loan or have authority to act on their behalf. The information we ask for is on your most recent annual statement, so you may want to have this available before completing the form.
- Estimate of your home’s value – this is to check that the value of your home has increased sufficiently to take a Further Advance.
The simplest way to check if you're eligible for a Further Advance is by completing our online form, You can apply in four simple steps:
Step 1: Complete the online enquiry form which will take about 5 minutes.
Step 2: When you've submitted your enquiry we'll email you with the maximum amount you may be eligible for. If we need further details we’ll call you back within 2 working days to discuss your enquiry.
Step 3: Once you’ve received our response if you are eligible and wish to apply you will need a Financial Adviser. You can use the Financial Adviser you had when you first took out your lifetime mortgage or you can find a Financial Adviser on the Equity Release Council website or we can help you find one.
Step 4: The application process will typically take 3-4 weeks to complete.
Step 1: Speak to your adviser
You must speak to an adviser to consider your options and decide if a Further Advance is right for you.
Your adviser will help you find the best option to meet your needs.
Step 2: Understand the facts
Your adviser will check if you are eligible for a Further Advance and provide us with the information needed to produce your Key Facts Illustration. This gives full details of the amount you can borrow, the costs and implications and next steps. They will share this with you and discuss if it is the right choice for you.
Step 3: Application and valuation
If there is anything you do not understand, make sure you ask your adviser to explain before you decide to apply.
Your adviser will complete and send us your Further Advance application form.
We’ll contact you to make a payment for the cost of a new valuation. The payment can be made by debit or credit card.
Our independent surveyors will arrange to visit your home to carry out the valuation.
Step 4: Further Advance offer
Based on the valuation our team will process your application and if acceptable we'll post or email you a Further Advance Offer of Loan and acceptance form.
When you receive the Offer of Loan, please check all the details, sign the document and return to us. If this is a joint account you’ll both need to sign. You'll have the option to sign your Offer of Loan online via a secure platform. Additional guidance and support can be found on How do I sign a DocuSign.
If you have any questions, you should discuss them with your adviser. When you’re happy to proceed simply sign and return the acceptance form to us.
Copies will be sent to your adviser to keep them informed.
Step 5: Completion
When we receive your signed acceptance form we’ll send you a confirmation letter and pay the Further Advance into your bank account.
Copies will be sent to your adviser for information purposes.