How much equity can I release from my home?

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How much equity release will I get?

*Updated May 2024*

If you're aged 55 or over and own your home, you could potentially release between 20% and 53% of the equity in it. To calculate how much equity you can release, the lender will consider two things first - the value of your property and your age (or that of the youngest homeowner).

Your age will determine how long you are likely to have the plan for and how much you are able to borrow. Lenders generally won’t see any return on equity release until you die or move out into long-term care. So, the younger and healthier you are when you release equity, the longer it may take for the lender to see a return and consequently the amount you can borrow may be less. You can use the calculator below to see how much cash you may be able to release.

Equity release providers will also consider:

  • Whether you own the property outright -  if you still have a mortgage or any other debt secured against your home, you will need to pay this off first with the money you release.
  • The construction type and condition of your home.

To find out how much you could release from your home, use our equity release calculator below.

How to work out how much equity you have in your house?

To work out how much equity you have in your home, all you need to know is the market value of your property and the outstanding balance of any existing mortgages. You then subtract the mortgage balance from the property value and the figure you are left with is your equity. 

For example:

  • Property value - £300,000
  • Existing mortgage - £50,000
  • Equity - £250,000

If you don’t have a mortgage on your property, the full value would be the amount of equity you have in your home.

If you want to get an approximate value for your home, visit Money Saving Expert or Yopa or Zoopla.

Does your age affect what percentage of equity can you release from your house?

The percentage you can release from your house generally increases with age. The older you are, the more you can release. For example, a 55 year old may be able to release up to 25% whereas a 70 year old could release as much as 42%.

The value of your property will also be considered as well as its construction and condition.

A note from our expert, Ashley:

The amount of money you can release from your home will depend on the equity you have in your home, your age and your health. Always take specialist equity release advice to ensure equity release is a good option for you.

So how much equity can you release?

All equity release providers have a minimum lending amount which is typically £10,000 to £15,000, although premium schemes can have much higher thresholds. The maximum amount you can release will depend on the value of your property, your age and in certain circumstances, your health and lifestyle.

The following gives you a guide as to how much equity you could release get from your home.  For a more accurate figure and personalised illustration, use our equity release the calculator.

Age of youngest homeowner Value of your home/indicative loan value
  £150,000 £200,000 £300,000 £400,000 £500,000
55 £38,580 £51,440 £77,160 £102,880 £128,600
60 £46,920 £62,560 £93,840 £125,120 £156,400
65 £55,440 £73,920 £110,880 £147,840 £184,800
70 £63,150 £84,200 £126,300 £168,400 £215,500
75 £72,450 £96,600 £144,900 £193,200 £241,500
80 £79,545 £106,060 £159,090 £212,120 £265,150
86+ £76,500 £102,000 £153,000 £24,000 £255,0000
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Can your health affect how much equity you can release?

If you have health concerns, you may be able to release a higher percentage of equity from your property with a type of equity release called an enhanced lifetime mortgage.

The amount your equity release provider is willing to lend is partly based on life expectancy and how long it will be before the loan is repaid. Therefore, the shorter the life expectancy, the more equity you can release from your home.

Here are a few health and lifestyle examples, that might increase how much equity you could release if you qualify for an enhanced lifetime mortgage:

Lifestyle examples that may affect how much equity you can release: Health examples that may affect how much equity you can release:
  • Your weight and height (your body mass index)
  • Whether you smoke
  • If you take medication
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Exisiting heart condition or angina
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease

How much cash could you release with an enhanced lifetime mortgage?

If you are in good health then the standard maximum loan to value applies, however, if you qualify for an enhanced lifetime mortgage you may be able to borrow more, so be honest about any health issues that affect you. They could potentially give you more favourable terms, as shown in the examples below. For a more personal quote, please get in touch:

Age 60: Standard maximum 31% Medically enhanced maximum 33%

Age 70: Standard maximum 42% Medically enhanced maximum 43%

Age 80: Standard maximum 53% Medically enhanced maximum 54%

Next steps

If you're considering releasing equity in your property and want to know how much you could get, try our free and easy to use calculator.

If you'd like to find out about how equity release may affect your benefits - read our helpful information guide.

Or for free advice from an equity release specialist Age Partnership, call 0800 368 8466.

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