Older borrowers now have more choice when it comes to finding a later life or retirement interest only mortgage. Our preferred mortgage broker can help to find you a lender that will accept your application.
Are you finding it difficult to get a standard residential mortgage? Or maybe you’re looking for potentially cheaper monthly mortgage repayments? Then, a Retirement-Interest only mortgage (RIO) could be just what you’re looking for! Mortgage Advice Bureau's expert advisers are always available to help you decide whether a RIO is right for you. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
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If you're approaching retirement and still have an interest-only mortgage you're not sure how you'll pay off, you now have another option to consider – taking out an interest-only retirement (RIO) mortgage. A possible alternative to equity release and a way to clear your current mortgage debt without needing to downsize, a RIO mortgage works in a similar way to traditional interest-only deals and can be very helpful in obtaining a mortgage in retirement. So, is now the time to consider one?
RIO mortgages allow homeowners to remortgage their existing loan under similar terms to their current arrangement, meaning they only need to repay the interest for the term of the loan – which can be a lot more achievable for those on a pension income. Then, when the borrower dies or goes into care, the property will be sold, and the mortgage repaid with any additional value in the house forming part of your estate.
However, even within this area, providers are becoming increasingly flexible. In the time since such loans have been widely available the regulator relaxed the rules and separated RIO mortgages from equity release in 2018, and widened the appeal of such loans in the process. Numerous providers have got in on the action and are offering a wide range of options, with some allowing borrowers to repay part of the capital as well (thereby leaving more of an inheritance to loved ones) and others offering set repayment dates.
Many big-name lenders now offer these retirement mortgages, giving peace of mind to those who would prefer to borrow from a high street bank, building society or mutual.
Ultimately, RIO mortgages could be a great option for those unsure how they're going to repay their interest-only mortgage debt, but as with any mortgage decision, it’s important to get impartial expert advice from a financial advisor before committing yourself.