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Is your retirement meeting expectations?

If your retirement funding is less than adequate, a Household Loan might be the right approach for you.

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Key Points

  • Not all retirees can access adequate funding for a comfortable retirement. Accessing the capital in your home can help boost income.
  • As well as the government Pension Loans Scheme (soon to be called Home Equity Access Scheme), a similar offering – Household Loan – is available from our partner Household Capital.  
  • A Household Loan can provide income and capital to improve retirement funding.
  • A Household Loan can be used to meet a range of needs.

Australians can now expect to have a healthy, active retirement for a longer period of time and there are many reasons your retirement income may not be adequate. Whether it’s been impacted by ongoing low interest rates, or the superannuation change came in too late to make a difference to your retirement, you may need to improve your retirement funding.

Since 2004, the quarterly Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Retirement Standard has examined the spending required to maintain health, vitality, and connection in retirement. The latest update, as of the end of September 2021, suggests the minimum annual income for a comfortable retirement is $45,239 for a single person and $63,799 for a couple. The Age Pension falls significantly short and for many Australian retirees, there’s insufficient income from other sources for the comfortable retirement you have earned.

What is a Household Loan?

Household Capital’s Household Loan is a reverse mortgage that’s been designed to work alongside super and the Age Pension, within Australia’s retirement system. It focuses on improving your long-term retirement funding by helping you access the wealth accumulated in your home to enhance your lifestyle and wellbeing in retirement, without needing to downsize.

How can I use a Household Loan?

A Household Loan can be used to transform your retirement in several ways. Interestingly, most retirees use their household capital for two or more, rather than a single purpose, and may include a mix of capital and income. These purposes include:

  • Providing a regular income stream through our regular drawdown facility
  • Topping up a super or pension account to boost retirement funding
  • Paying off an existing mortgage or other debt to free up your cashflow
  • Undertaking home modifications or renovations to make your home safe and comfortable for retirement
  • Setting up a contingency fund for those unexpected expenses, which can be drawn on as you need it
  • Paying large medical expenses
  • Buying a new car
  • Being the ‘bank of mum and dad’ to help your children and grandchildren when they need it most, with a first home deposit or education expenses
  • Paying for in-home or residential aged care.

Do I have to take a Household Loan all at once?

A Household Loan can provide a regular income stream, a lump sum payment or both. This provides greater flexibility and choice, so you can use your money in a way that best enhances your long-term retirement funding and supports a more comfortable retirement. Taking the money only as you need it will minimise the interest accrued over the life of your loan.

Whether you need income or capital – or both – a Household Loan could improve your retirement lifestyle. To learn more, please call Household Capital on 1300 699 624 or check out our their online calculator to see how we they can help you.

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How a Household Loan differs from Centrelink’s Home Equity Access Scheme

Household LoanHome Equity Access Scheme (formally Pension Loans Scheme)
Age:60+Pension age (66 and 6 months or 67 years)
Eligibility:Australian homeownersHomeowner (does not have to be a pension recipient)
Interest rate:4.95%4.50% (3.95% effective 01 January 2022)
Loan amount:$50,000–$500,000Up to 150% of Age Pension per fortnight
Payments:Capital, income stream, mortgage refinance, renovations, aged care RADs & DAPs Income stream only
Locations:All metropolitan postcodes and some regional areasMost areas
Maximum loan:20% of house value at age 65, then 1% each yearIncome stream based on a fraction of 25% of house value each at age 65, then approximately 1.1% each year
Property valuation:At establishmentAnnual
Regulations & protections:Responsible lending applies and subject to the National Credit Code (NCC) including its consumer protectionsResponsible lending does not apply and not subject to the National Consumer Credit Code or its consumer protections. Effective 01 January 2022, subject to the National Credit Code (NCC) but not including its broader consumer protections
Service:Personalised service by Household Capital teamAdministered via Centrelink and subject to in-store or phone queues
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Applications for credit are subject to eligibility and lending criteria. Fees and charges are payable and terms and conditions apply (available upon request). Household Capital Pty Limited is a credit representative (512757) of Mortgage Direct Pty Limited ACN 075 721 434, Australian Credit Licence 391876.

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