Have you got an exisiting Lifetime Mortgage or Equity Release Plan?

Well now could be a good time to look in to swapping plans as lifetime interest rates are so low.

You may have taken out a plan in recent times with companies like LV=, Stonehaven and Retirement Advantage. Due to their plans having fixed early repayment charges, it is easy for us to work out if it would be beneficial to swap plans or not.

Many people also took out Lifetime Mortgages with Northern Rock due to their very competitive interest rates at the time. Unfortunately, in 2007 Northern Rock became the first bank in over 150 years to suffer a ‘bank run’ after having had to approach the Bank of England for a loan facility.


As a result, on the 11th January 2008 Northern Rock sold its portfolio of Equity Release schemes to a subsidiary of JP Morgan called Papilio UK in order to raise funds to pay off some of the money owed to the British government. This meant that, whilst the terms of their equity release plans remained unchanged, thousands of people lost the ability to be able to release additional equity tied up in their property using their existing Northern Rock plan.  


Lots of people also took out the popular Halifax Retirement Plan, but this has since been withdrawn and as a result clients are no longer able to get more money from their existing plans.


To add insult to injury, whilst the interest rates offered at the time were very competitive, in recent years there has been a significant reduction in the interest rates. If this has happened to you then there may be an answer……..Viva Retirement Solutions specialise in Lifetime Mortgages and have successfully moved clients from their existing providers so that they can:

  • Have the ability to release more equity from their property

  • Reduce the rate of interest​


After a full analysis of your situation we can advise you on the pro’s & con’s of transferring your existing Lifetime Mortgage to a new provider and if this will be beneficial to you. You may have to pay an early repayment charge to your existing lender if you remortgage.

We understand that you may have some concerns about equity release plans, having been through an advice process and paying the fees for setting up the Northern Rock or Halifax plan, only to find yourself with a plan unable to release more equity and having a high rate of interest fixed for the rest of your life. That is one of the reasons why Viva Retirement Solutions will only ever charge you a fee if you successfully complete on a new plan with a different provider.  We will only ever tell you to do this if it is right for your own circumstances.


So give us a call today for free on 0800 046 9776 and speak directly with an experienced adviser, you have nothing to lose! 



A lifetime mortgage is a long term commitment which could accumulate interest and is secured against your home.   

Equity release is not right for everyone and may reduce the value of your estate

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Our fee for arranging a Lifetime mortgage is £750 payable only on completion. 

Research has shown that some companies charge over £1,500 or 1.95% of the loan, whatever is greater, for this service including a letter of suitability. 

Viva Retirement Solutions is a trading name of Viva Retirement Ltd and is an Appointed Representative of Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions Ltd, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Registered Office: 4 Severnvale, London Colney, St Albans, Herts, AL2 1TE

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