Now one of the key points that come up in any discussion about equity release is definitely the issue of how equity release affects inheritance. Understandably, applicants are concerned about leaving their families in the best possible situation. Given the current and unpredicted economic situation, however, some discussion has turned to how equity release can help one’s family in the here and now; when it is perhaps needed most. Up there with typical reasons to release equity such as world travel, replacement cars and visiting family; home extensions are perhaps considered a viable reason to release equity as some families prepare to reunite under one roof in a bid to see them through the recession. This harks of good old British camaraderie in the face of adversity, which this particular writer enjoys hearing about.