Beverly Building Society launches RIO mortgage

Michael Lloyd

March 11, 2019

Beverley Building Society has launched a retirement interest-only (RIO) mortgage, for older borrowers looking for mortgage terms with no maximum age or loan term.

The Beverley’s discounted mortgage rate is available to anyone over the age of 55 and in receipt of pension income. The offer is a 3-year discounted variable interest rate of 2.99%, representing 2.00% off the society’s standard variable rate, which is currently 4.99%.

Graham Carter, The Beverley’s head of lending, said: “RIO is a natural extension to our existing later life lending offering, which is proving to be very popular given current market demand from older borrowers.

“Since the introduction of the new pension freedoms, we think our RIO mortgage offers people an affordable way of unlocking some equity from their home without interest rolling up and increasing the capital debt over the term of the loan.

“It’s a cost-effective way of accessing cash which can be used to either top up retirement income, gift a deposit to a younger family member as part of their legacy planning, raise capital for a specific purchase or simply having a nest egg of cash for that rainy day.”

The product fee is £495 for applicants with a lasting power of attorney in place, or £795 for those without.

It’s available for loans up to 55% of the property value, there’s a minimum loan of £25,000 for purchases or £40,000 for remortgages and a maximum loan of £350,000,with a minimum property value of £125,000.

There’s no upper age limit or maximum term, pension and other forms of non-salaried income are accepted, it’s available up to 3.5 times income, for both single and joint, and there’s free legal fee and valuation fee on all remortgages, when using the society’s panel of professionals.

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