It is one of SHIP’s most popular and recognised equity release guarantees. But what does it mean to the customer?
The no negative equity guarantee is a set-in-stone rule of SHIP governed equity release plans. It means that you will never owe more than the value of your home – no matter what.
Historically, house prices have always risen over long periods of time. Logically, this makes sense too as the population grows over time, thus increasing demand.
However, what should happen if property prices fall over the long term? The fixed interest rate will guarantee that your initial loan will grow exactly in the manner illustrated when you took out the plan. If property prices were to unexpectedly fall, then there may be a time in the future when the loan amount is higher than the price of the property. Fortunately, with a no-negative equity guarantee, the maximum repayable amount will never exceed the price of your property – even if the difference is very sizeable.
This can give you and your loved ones peace of mind that there is no debt left to your estate as a result of you taking out an equity release plan.