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Aviva offer two lifetime mortgages: Lifestyle Flexible Option and Lifestyle Lump Sum Max. Both plans are a long- term loan that is secured on the property.
Lifestyle Flexible Option provides clients with a flexible approach. As well as receiving an initial lump sum (of £10,000 or more), your client can set up a cash reserve (minimum £5,000) to draw money from, as and when they need it. What’s more, they only pay interest on the money they’ve drawn.
Lifestyle Lump Sum Max could allow your client to borrow a one-off cash lump sum of £15,000 or more. It could be a good option if they have something in mind they need to use the money for, like home renovations, or to help a child or grandchild onto the property ladder.
Peace of mind
- Voluntary partial repayment – allows your client to repay 10% per year of the lifetime mortgage.
- No negative equity guarantee – your client or their estate won’t have to pay back more than the property sells for (as long as it's sold for the best price reasonably obtainable).
- Optional inheritance guarantee – your clients may be worried that the inheritance they can leave will be reduced. The guarantee allows your client to safeguard a percentage of their home’s value for their beneficiaries.
- Moving home option – your client may be able to transfer their lifetime mortgage to a new home (it must meet our lending criteria at the time).
- If the new property doesn't meet our lending criteria the mortgage will need to be repaid. However if your client is eligible for downsizing protection they can repay without an early repayment charge. (This feature is available on lifetime mortgages applied for or or after the 8 April, 2019 - subject to terms and conditions)
- Your client may be able to borrow more in the future, though we can’t guarantee this and it would depend on our lending criteria at the time.
With both plans, your client continues to own their home, and they can live in it until they die or move into long-term care, subject to our terms and conditions. In the case of joint lifetime mortgages this applies to both partners. Interest builds up through the life of the mortgage and is charged on the amount borrowed and interest already added, which can quickly increase the amount owed. Your client won't have to pay tax on the amount they release, but it may affect their tax position and eligibility for certain welfare benefits. It will also reduce the amount of inheritance they can leave.