Remortgaging Into Retirement

After the age of 55, it can become more difficult to remortgage. Find out what your options are and the best way to apply.

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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Nathan Porter

Reviewer: Nathan Porter

Independent Mortgage Advisor

Updated: March 15, 2024

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March 15, 2024

We’ll explain how it’s still possible to remortgage your home loan when you reach retirement age, what the application process involves and how a mortgage broker can help explain all the options available so you can make an informed decision.

Can you remortgage when you’ve retired?

Yes, you can still remortgage with certain lenders. However, you will still need to prove you can afford the monthly repayments on the mortgage, which becomes more difficult if you’re not receiving income from employment.

Most lenders will accept pension income as an income type when deciding whether to approve your application. But there are different types of pension income, and not all lenders will consider them all.

Almost all will include your State Pension, company pension, or private pension. Not all lenders will include a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) or a drawdown pension that you manage yourself. This can make it more difficult to prove that you can afford to remortgage.

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What is the maximum age for remortgaging?

There is no set maximum age limit for remortgaging your house, so each lender has their own rules:

  • Some have a maximum age limit at the time of application, which ranges from 55 to 88
  • Some have a maximum age limit at the end of the mortgage term, which ranges from 70 to 90.
  • Some state that the maximum age limit at the end of the mortgage term is the age at which you will retire
  • Others have no specified maximum age limit, though you would still be required to prove you can afford your mortgage for the full term. These lenders may also allow you to extend your mortgage term up to the age of 90 or older

Options for over 60s and Over 70s

If you’re under 55 at the time you apply to remortgage, you’ll have plenty of lenders to choose from. Securing remortgages becomes increasingly challenging for individuals over 55 with each passing year, but mortgages for those aged over 60 and over 65 remain relatively accessible.

A mortgage broker will be able to save you a lot of time by helping identify which lender’s will consider your remortgage application if you’re in this age bracket.

How to remortgage when you’ve retired

Remortgaging when you’ve retired doesn’t necessarily need to be any more complex than if you were still working and you can make the process a lot more straightforward by following a few simple steps.

First, make an enquiry and we’ll arrange for a specialist remortgage broker to get in touch who can help with:

  • Working out your current equity position and loan-to-value
  • Guidance on what documentary evidence is required – total pension income etc. – so you can be fully prepared before submitting your remortgage application
  • Downloading and optimising your credit reports to spot any inaccuracies or outdated information which could hinder your chances of success
  • Finding the best mortgage lenders who have previous experience arranging remortgages for people in retirement

Calculate how much you could borrow

You can use the remortgage calculator below to get an idea of how much you can borrow by remortgaging, based on your (and your partner’s, if you have a joint mortgage) income from your State Pension, private pension, and/or company pension.

If you have other pension types, you can try adding them in to see how much you could potentially borrow from the right lender.

Remortgage Calculator

Our remortgage calculator can tell you what your new loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and repayments will be after you've remortgaged, with or without releasing equity from your property.

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New LTV:

After you have remortgaged your new LTV ratio will be and your new mortgage payments will be as indicated below…

New Monthly Repayments:

Get started with an expert broker to find out how much they can help you save on your remortgage.

Lenders and eligibility

Each lender has slightly different eligibility requirements for applicants who have retired, so (without a broker) it’s difficult to know which you have the best chance of success with.

Here are some of the most popular lenders with some details of their requirements.

  • Halifax: has a maximum age of 80 years at the end of the mortgage term. Annuity income will be considered. Drawdown pension and SIPP income will not be considered.
  • Barclays: has a maximum age of 70 or the age that you retire, if this is earlier. Applications from older people are considered with evidence of sufficient income. Annuity income will be considered. SIPP income will not be considered.
  • Nationwide: has a maximum age of 75 years at the end of the mortgage term. Annuity income will be considered. Drawdown pension income will not be considered.
  • NatWest: has a maximum age of 72 at the time of application. Annuity income and SIPP income will be considered. Drawdown pension income will not be considered.
  • Santander: has the maximum age of 69 at the time of application, except for existing customers looking to borrow the same or less. Annuity income, drawdown pension, and SIPP income will be considered.
  • HSBC: has different maximum ages for different mortgage types. Annuity income, drawdown pension, and SIPP income will be considered.

Alternatives to remortgaging

If your age or circumstances make it difficult to remortgage, you still have options that will provide you with cash based on the value of your home. The following two options are easier to qualify for as there is less to pay each month (or nothing at all).

Lifetime mortgages

A lifetime mortgage is a type of loan that you can secure on your house with no repayments in your lifetime. It is repaid (along with interest and fees) after you die or move into long-term care. It’s available to people over the age of 60 who own 100% of their home.

Find out how much cash you might be able to borrow with a lifetime mortgage with an equity release calculator.

Retirement interest-only mortgages

A retirement interest-only mortgage is another type of loan you can secure on your house. Each month, you’ll pay the interest on the loan. The loan capital is repaid when the property is sold (usually after you die). It’s available to people who have retired. You don’t need to own 100% of your home as it can be used to pay off an existing mortgage.

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Speak to a broker experienced in remortgages for the retired

If you have any questions about remortgaging in retirement (or at any point after the age of 55), you can get the answers you need by speaking to a broker. It’s best to find one who specialises in mortgages for people in your age group.

We offer a broker-matching service that can put you in touch with an expert who works with older applicants. You’ll connect for a free, no-obligation chat before moving forward with an application. To try out our service, just call 0808 189 2301 or make an enquiry online.

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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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