Without further consultation and discussion from an FSA authorised IFA about the different types of equity release schemes and home reversion plans along with your needs, requirements and plans for the future, it is difficult to deem whether equity release is suitable for someone. However, it is a bit easier to deem whether you aren’t suitable for one of the plans. The most important rule of thumb when deeming suitability is whether or not the applicant is both willing and able to move to a smaller and less expensive house. Sentiment plays a big role in this and often applicant’s want to remain in the house they know and love. However, if they feel that moving house is no big deal then this is might be an alternative way to release equity.