If you need money and you are retired, there are limited ways that you can get money. It can be very difficult to get a job, because employers want younger people and so you are only likely to get something like a paper round which will not pay very much. You may be able to sell things, but you might want to pass those on through the family or you may not have many things that are worth much money. You may have a very limited income.
Sadly, many retired people are struggling because of problems with the stock market causing pension values to be low and low interest rates meaning that they are not getting much income in the way of interest. This means that many are looking for alternative ways of getting money.
If they own their own property, they can release some equity in their home. This is something which more and more people are doing and therefore there are more financial institutions offering schemes like this. There are a selection of different ways to do it but basically you can either sell all or part of your house to a financial institution and they will pay you a regular income or lump sum or you can take out a mortgage on your property which gets paid back when the property is sold.
There are many financial institutions offering this and so as long as you have a property that you own and you are over 65 years of age, then you could qualify to get some cash by releasing some of the equity in that property. It will mean that you have some extra money to spend on things that you need, perhaps you need money to pay for house repairs or white goods that need replacing, you want a holiday or just want to have a better quality of life.
It sounds like a very simple way of getting some extra money in your retirement and it can be a blessing to those who are struggling financially. However, like all things, there are advantages and disadvantages and it is worth making sure that you spend a lot of time investigating all of the options before you sign up to anything.
Although releasing some equity in the house to get cash, seems like a great idea, think about any consequences it might have in the future as well as how it will effect you in the short term.