L&G Home Finance in lifetime mortgage partnership with Virgin Money
Legal & General Home Finance has partnered with Virgin Money for five years to offer its lifetime mortgages to Virgin’s interest-only customers over the age of 55.
L&G already has similar arrangements in place with Santander and The Co-operative Bank.
Steve Ellis, chief executive of Legal & General Home Finance, said: “Solving the interest-only challenge is just one area where we see lifetime mortgages as a potentially transformative solution for the lives of UK borrowers.
“Britain’s over-55s are currently sitting on over £1trn of property wealth – what could that money do for retirement outcomes, our housing market, and even our economy?
“Lifetime mortgages are already having a hugely positive impact on our society, and at Legal & General we are committed to raising awareness about the transformative effect these products could have for many of Britain’s retirees.”
Virgin Money’s customers with interest-only mortgages will be introduced to Legal & General’s advised lifetime mortgage products as they approach the end of their loan term.
This includes customers who would like to consider their options to pay off the outstanding capital of their interest-only loan, as well as those who might be interested in accessing their property wealth to improve their quality of life in retirement.
Legal & General’s optional payment lifetime mortgage has been developed specifically to help interest-only customers. This product does not require the customer to pass affordability criteria as it is written under lifetime mortgage rules. Customers can choose to pay some, or all, of the monthly interest and if the customer stops making interest payments they can still remain in their home for life.
Andrew Asaam, director of mortgages at Virgin Money, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Legal & General to offer choice and peace of mind to a number of our interest only end of term customers.
“Their Lifetime Mortgage range provides excellent options to help customers manage their finances effectively, including individuals who might be interested in accessing their property wealth to improve their standard of living in later life.”