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16 June 2010
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Should I equity release?
Sitting on a valuable house but not enough income...

Many older people find themselves with low incomes but valuable homes. My mailbag's swamped with "what's the cheapest equity release deal"; it's marketed as a way to spend a home's value while still living in it, either by taking a loan or selling part.

Yet while equity release rates don't sound higher than ordinary mortgages, they often cost much more as no repayments are made until you die, so interest rapidly compounds. E.g. borrow £20,000 aged 65 and live 25 years, and when you die £100,000 needs repaying. Though house price rises can offset this somewhat.

So you won't find 'best deals' on the site, as there's not one I'm happy to suggest. But that doesn't mean don't ever do it. Here are the key points...

  • It's less an issue if you've no dependents. As the debt's repaid when you die.

  • It can affect your benefits. Having cash rather than property can hit those eligible for benefits such as pension credit.

  • Explore downsizing instead. For many, a cheaper alternative is to downsize (move to a smaller home). So explore this, but do it sooner - anecdotally, while many feel up to moving in their sixties, after that a disinclination to move sets in so it's much tougher.

  • You typically need to be 60 to do it. Plus the younger you are, the less you can borrow.

  • Ensure the company's a member of SHIP. This trade body's members all guarantee your estate will never owe more than your home is worth.

  • Wait as long as you can. As a rule of thumb, at 7% the amount owed doubles every ten years. So the longer you wait, the lower the impact on your estate.

  • Don't think 'I may as well do it in one go'. E.g. if you need £40,000 to last ten years, see if it's possible to get £20,000 now and the rest in five years. It'll usually work out much cheaper, plus you may need cash later for long term care.

  • Speak to an independent mortgage broker. If you're seriously considering this, speak to an independent mortgage broker or financial advisor with an equity release speciality to find the best deal. See the mortgage broker finding guide.

While we're at it, do also read the free printed annuity guide if you're nearing retirement.

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This week's full MSE News list

Week of Tue 8 - Mon 14 Jun '10
(Last week's position)

1. Top Savings Accounts (1)
2. Travel Money Maximiser (2)
3. Cheap Beauty Deals (-)
4. Home & Energy Grants (-)
5. Best Cash ISA (5)

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Cheapest Travel Insurance. £14 a YEAR (£28 for families) New Guide
Inc. super-cheap & new 'top value' picks with good feedback (over 65s deals too)
The volcano put travel insurers under the spotlight, so we've revamped & re-researched our guide adding tools and now including two best-buy categories... 'Cheapest' v 'Top Value': Our 'cheapest' are based on price alone, providing they meet min. cover levels, while 'top value' incorporates past performance from us, Defaqto & Which?, though even then nothing's perfect. Cheapest Annual Policies: Most are exclusive prices via comparison site Moneysupermarket (the links take you there). Single Person: Multitrip* is £14 in Europe and £22 Worldwide, with £150 excesses. Couples/Families: Multitrip* wins again, at £28 in Europe and £37 outside Over 65s: Prices rocket, but options include Flexicover* at £64 for 65-69s (see over 65s section for more). New 'top value' policies: The MSE & Defaqto top pick Direct Travel* is £33 for singles in Europe (£53 Worldwide) and £56 for families (£79 worldwide). These are just the tip of the iceberg. Full info, pros, cons & best buys in the New Guide: Cheap Travel Insurance Related: Package Hols, Travel Money, Cheap Flights

Travel insurance

Urgent! 900 FREE £400 A++ fridges blagged for MoneySavers
Totally free super-efficient fridge-freezers just for taking part in an energy efficiency trial
Just fill in an eligibility questionnaire to see if you're selected. Full info in the Deals Note: Free Fridge

Totally free £20 online World Cup bet. Bet £20, get it refunded straight back into your account if you lose. See the Deals Note: Free £20 Bet

Cheap MOTs! New map of 100 hidden council test centres
Council centres don't repair, so they've no interest in failing you, many save £100s
It's not the cost of the test most need worry about, it's the potential £100s of repairs. Yet follow these steps to slash the cost. Step 1: Walk round your car. Sounds obvious but a staggering 1 in 5 MOTs fail due to popped light bulbs, and countless more due to windscreen wipers or oil, all easily and cheaply fixable first. Step 2: New Council Run MOTs MAP. Some mechanics can be over-zealous at fault-spotting to gain lucrative repair business. Yet many councils have MOT centres set up for their own vehicles, which by law must open to the public too. As they don't do repairs, they've no incentive to fail you. For the first time we've mapped the 100 centres across the UK. The Proof of the Pudding: We've had lots of strong feedback like this email... "Just had my car MOT'd at one of the council centres and it passed!! The first time without the usual 250 for repairs. Thanks for the tip." FULL info in the Updated Guide & Map: Cheap MOTs Related: Cheap Car Insurance, Cheap Petrol, Breakdown Cover

Cheap MOTs

Last Chance? Free Laptop & web access grants worth up to £528
While there are 50,000 left we've had a tip off next Monday MAY be the last day you can get them
Just in case go quick. They're for families on lower incomes with kids in years 3 to 9. Full Guide: Free Laptop Grants

Gillette Fusion Pack £5 (razor, 3 blades, moisturiser etc). The blades alone usually cost over £6. See the Deals Note: Cheap Beauty

Urgent! Free £70 cashback & crate of wine with cheap gas & elec deal
Short term energy company promo (ends Wed/Thur) lets you switch, save & grab freebies
Most UK homes can save £250 a year switching to a cheap energy provider; yet currently you can boost that further. Scottish Power's got a promo on if you switch specifically via certain comparison sites (i.e. not direct) and you get £35 cashback each for gas & electricity on top of the usual extra freebies doled out via the special MSE links below. Is it any good? Most tariffs aren't but its Online Energy Reward is cheap, (not normally the very best-buy) yet incorporate the extra cashback and it's a big winner in many regions - to check do a comparison. As the rate's fixed until 31 July '11, like similar deals there's an up to £50 exit penalty if you leave early, so in the unlikely (but not impossible) event other prices drop substantially, this'd diminish the switching gain. Compare, switch & get extra cashback: You can get the cashback & freebies on two sites. Until Midnight Wed: Via Uswitch* you get the cashback + free 12 bottles of wine Wed am - until c. Thur 7.30pm: Top pick comparison site Energyhelpline* pays £15 cashback per switch on top of the £70. FULL switching info in the Guide: Switch Gas & Electricity Related: Boiler Cover, Grant Grabbing

50% off sales. Inc £120 suitcase for £32 & £45 Nine West sandals £15
Huge 50% off summer sales! Debenhams, French Connection, Kickers, Selfridges, Clarks & more
Join Urban Outfitters 50% off sale, Next 50% off, JJB Sports 50% off and more in the Daily Deals List: High St Sales


Totally free Moneywise magazine & 10 weeks Heat £12. Plus limited hot deals at Marie Claire, FHM & Grazia. See the Daily Deals List: Magazine Deals

Top 3% Easy Access Savings & New 3% Cash ISA
A shake up of the savings market means a host of best-buys have launched
A host of new savings deals have launched, boosting the interest you can earn. New Top Easy Access Savings: Two new top deals here, first A&L's* Online Saver Issue 7 pays 2.81% AER inc. 2.31% bonus for a year (min. £1,000). To earn more you need to be prepared to operate by post, and accept a 3 withdrawal/year limit with the new West Bromwich BS Direct Bonus Account 2. It pays 3% inc a 1% bonus until 31 March 2011 (min £1,000). Other options inc. Egg* and The AA which both pay 2.8% AER including a 2.3% bonus for a year (min.£1). New Top 3% Cash ISA: There's a new top deal to put this year's £5,100 tax-free cash ISA savings in - Market Harborough's Brighter ISA issue 8 (min £1) pays 3% AER though 0.75% of this is a year's intro bonus. Alternatively you can get 3.2%, AER but only if you bank with A&L and Santander, on its flexible cash ISA if you open it in branch. All these accounts have the full £50,000 per person UK savings safety guarantee. Full info in the Updated guides: Top cash ISAs, Top savings Related: Safe Savings, Top ISA transfers, Regular savings accounts

New 3% ISA

On Sun 'Dads eat free' at Pizza Express, Frankie & Benny's & ASK
Father's Day restaurant offers: Includes haha, Caffe Uno, il Bertorelli and Brasserie Gerard
Plus normal 2for1s valid on Sun at Prezzo, Strada, Zizzi and 50% off La Tasca. See the Deals Note: Restaurant vouchers

Free Coldplay album download. Get the live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft, with 9 songs including Viva La Vida & Fix You courtesy of Coldplay. Full info on our Mp3 & CD comparison site:

Speedy Cheap Car Insurance: Can you beat 96p/year fully comp?
For the 1st time it's possible get over 200 quotes combining comparison services
The key to super-cheap car insurance is correctly combining comparison sites to speedily get the maximum quotes. We do a quarterly survey to calculate the best order, and for the first time using them all you can get over 200 quotes... Max Quotes Min Time: Using BOTH MoneySup* & GoCompare* checks 150+ different providers, to add more follow the full comparison site order. After you've found your cheapest quote, members of cashback websites may be able to get up to £100 on top. Alternative Quick Cashback Route: While they cover fewer providers, both BeatThatQuote* & MoneyExpert* pay £25 cashback if you get a policy through them - useful for a speedy all-in result. Can you beat 96p/year? That's still the all-time record following our full system. One MoneySaver got a £120.96 quote followed by £120 cashback, meaning 96p for a year's fully comp. Such ridiculously cheap results are rare, so we'd love to know if you beat it. FULL step-by-step Updated Guide: Cheap Car Insurance Report your cheapest: Car Insurance Results Related Cheap Insurance Guides: Van, Motorbike, Home

Car insurance

£25 of iTunes for £20. Buy a £25 gift card at the Co-op between Mon 7 - Sun 20 June and get an automatic £5 discount. More in the Deals Note: Cheap iTunes

Free £20 Elemis products & 20% off O.P.I code in mags
New beauty deals! Plus 10% off code & reduced Boots Nails Inc treatments
Join free Cowshed shower gel, Benefit make-up & Jemma Kidd lip gloss in the Daily Deals List: Beauty Deals

Don't pay for technical support - get it free.
"Techie problems? Use the techie forum for free 24/7 - no strings attached."
A couple of months ago we included a tip on how to get 30 mins of free technical support from a helpline which usually costs £5/month. Yet there was an outcry from the regulars that inhabit the site's techie forum saying people should "use the techie forum for free - no strings attached". Who's helping? Lots of knowledgeable folk who love techie issues and are happy to spread their knowledge, though of course it's an open forum, so do double check before acting on things. Either start your own discussion or join an existing one... PC Problems: Word crashing, Mac not turning on & Worms & Viruses - Help! iTunes Troubles: Half my songs have vanished & Transferring songs to new PC. Other stuff: Fridge Freezer Help, Laptop wanted & MP3 Player Won't Work. Read others/post your question in the Forum: Techie Stuff Related Guides: Free Anti-Virus Software, Free PC Software


Reminder! Free 'no cold callers' sign. New rules say they must obey. The big six energy companies have agreed to obey the signs, so print a free one. See the Guide & Free Sign: Stop Cold Callers & Junk Mail

iPhone get paid £1/time survey app – more surveys coming. The Onepoll App mentioned a fortnight ago's been swamped, so there are fewer surveys than expected, but it says more are coming. See the Guide: Get survey cash

Big & Easy Ways To Save
Quick links or click the titles for full pros, cons, alternatives & more savings

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Free Book Giveaway! 'The Good Hotel Guide 2010'
50 copies blagged for MoneySavers. Want one?

Great 'Cheap Stag/Hen Do' Hunt
It's wedding season, so brides, grooms, best-men & maids-of-honour everywhere will be preparing for their final blowouts. There's been massive inflation in what people spend (stagflation?), but it's worth remembering it should be affordable for all. So we want MoneySavers tips on how to celebrate on a budget. Add your ideas/read other people's: Great 'Cheap stag/hen do' Hunt Past Great Hunts: View all

Volunteer developer needed to help re-design the MSE Charity website? Either no or low fee volunteer based in Manchester preferred. Can you help?


Ryanair. Price: £8 e/w. Ends: Midnight Thurs 17 June
Ryanair is selling 500,000 flights for £8 each way (inc. some charges) from various UK airports to around 40 European destinations, for travel throughout September and October. Speedily find them using the Updated Guide: £8 Flights then beat the scores of add-on charges with the Budget Airline Fee Fighting guide. Related: Cheap Flights, Cheap Hotels, Spending Abroad, Cheap Currency, Travel Insurance

How will next week's budget affect you? A quick survey to help charity Turn2us discover how low income earners feel. More Info: Budget Survey

Money Moral Dilema
Should we stop splitting the bill?

This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...
We regularly eat out with another couple and split the bill. While my wife and I stick to one main each, they order two each and enough sides to feed an extra table adding £30 to the tab. Yet they never eat it all and always ask for a doggy bag for leftovers. I feel like I'm subsidising their food shop. Enter the Money Moral Maze: Should we stop splitting the bill? Previous MMDs: View All Suggest: A Money Moral Dilemma
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Tips, Tricks and Treats
Board Of The Week
Flights, currency & car hire

Get up to scratch for the holidays on the cheapest ways to fly, pay & drive with some savvy tips from our MoneySavers. Recent discussions include A warning about FlyBe, Ryanair & refunds and Afriqiyah airways - would you take the risk? Related Articles: Cheap Flights, Cheap Travel Money, Cheap Car Hire

What Government spending would you PROTECT? Vote and Government protect discussion. This follows on from last week's what would you cut question so we've not put the results here to avoid swaying voting.

Archna's Free Game of the Week!
Can you give Rooney et al a run for their money? World Cup Breakout

Are you chaffing or chafing? That's it for this week. Yet before we go, a bit of word training for all of us. Many words look or sound similar, but mean entirely different things, so check out the Commonly confused words list.

We hope you save some money,

Martin & the MSE team


Q. Can a person hold cash ISAs with more than one provider? Some good deals won't allow transfers in. So, either one can have more than one provider, or such reasonable offers aren't reasonable? Joy, by email

Martin's A: This is a common confusion. The 'you can only have one cash ISA' rule only applies to the current tax year only. So you can have lots of different Cash ISAs for lots of different tax years.

Thus if you want to open a new cash ISA for the 2010-11 year, you needn't do it with the same provider you've opened ISAs with in previous years.

There's also nothing stopping you opening one cash ISA for new money, and a separate one to transfer prior years' cash ISAs (as long as none of this years cash goes in).

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