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Together raises maximum age to 85 following increased demand

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Together raises maximum age to 85 following increased demand
Specialist lender Together has extended the age it will lend across its mortgage range to 85 years old.

 

As the shortest mortgage the lender offers is over a three-year term, this effectively means borrowers can be as old as 82 when they take out a new home loan, it said.

Pete Ball (pictured), personal finance CEO at Together, said the maximum age increase would help borrowers working later in life, people needing finance following a divorce or those in their 50s and 60s coming to the end of interest-only deals.

He said: “We’re increasing the maximum age at the end of the loan in response to what we see as a growing demand and more lenders need to follow suit.

“Together can take a common sense view of each application, looking at other sources of income – such as pensions and investments – as well as salaries of people working past pension age.

“Provided the customer can afford their repayments, we’ll consider lending to brokers potential clients in their 60s, 70s or early 80s.”

Together said between July 2016 and July 2019, the number of funded applications it received from customers aged 65+ had “more than doubled” across its personal finance business.

 

Searches up 23 per cent

It noted that after the financial crisis of 2008, many mainstream lenders cut back on the number of mortgages they offered to borrowers over the state pension age of 65.

This meant that even with enough retirement income to meet repayments, many mortgage borrowers would be unwilling or unable to offer them a loan into their 70s.

According to figures released by data provider Moneyfacts in January, there were 1,078 mortgages on the market that allowed the customer to take their loan past their 80th birthday.

Melanie Spencer, head of lender relationships for Twenty7Tec, said the number of searches by brokers whose clients were aged between 55 and 85 had increased 22.7 per cent in the past 12 months alone.

Meanwhile, Andrew Montlake, of mortgage broker Coreco said the days of retiring with a mortgage paid off at 65 seem to have been “consigned to history.”

He said: “For those that have a provable income in later life or pension income that demonstrates affordability, there is no reason why they should not be able to extend their borrowing capacity later in life.

“Some do this because they want to use equity to invest, purchase rental investments or various other uses.”

 

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