• Service update - due to planned essential maintenance our Online Service will be unavailable on Friday 28 January from 18:00 until Saturday 29 January 12:00.

  • Following the Bank of England’s decision to raise the Bank Rate by 0.15% to 0.25% in December 2021, Windfall Bond and Tracker Savings Bond rates increased by 0.15% from 1 January 2022. Tracker mortgages changed from 25 January and we have written to customers individually with revised payment details where the new rate exceeds the minimum rate (or ‘floor’) already applying to their mortgage. We will be considering our other savings and our variable mortgage rates after the Bank of England MPC meeting on 3 February. (Notice updated 19/01/22)

  • Please note that the Premium Saver (5) has now been withdrawn from sale. 
    If you have opened an account, you may add funds until 3pm, 7 February 2022, after this no additions will be allowed.
"We were very impressed from our first contact, through the entire application process"

Real life mortgage case studies

Our case studies show how our mortgage products have helped real life customers. Read their stories.

The mortgage will be secured on your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

"The Retirement Lifestyle Booster just gives us more freedom"

Looking for more freedom in retirement

We pay our mortgages so that we might one day own our homes completely. We pay into pensions so that we might live comfortably as we grow older.

Like many other retired couples, David and his wife had done all of this and therefore found themselves in a fortunate position. They can afford to live in their home and continue their lifestyle relying solely on pensions, savings and smart investments. However, there’s more to life than just living comfortably, so they decided they wanted to use some of the money tied up in their home to allow themselves some of life’s luxuries.

“There are a number of people, like us, who are retired and live in large houses and don’t want to downsize to a small bungalow just yet.”

Retirement Lifestyle Booster - an alternative to equity release

David, who’s interested in financial matters, looked into different equity release products, but decided they didn’t meet his needs. He needed something where the interest did not eat into the equity of his house and could also be paid off when they decide they would like to downsize.

David noticed in a national newspaper that the Family Building Society had launched our Retirement Lifestyle Booster, an alternative to traditional equity release or lifetime mortgages, that allows customers to free up some of the equity in their house in the form of monthly payments.

“What I didn’t like about equity release is that it’s very difficult to get rid of it, once you’ve taken out the initial loan. Even if you downsize and want to pay off the loan that you’ve had, which we are able to do with your system, the loan may then be carried on as a debt for you on the next property with equity release.”

How does it work?

The Retirement Lifestyle Booster works by spreading the equity released from the property across a ten year period in monthly instalments. There is also an optional initial lump sum available. In return, David will pay back a monthly payment to cover the ‘average’ interest due. At the end of the ten year period, all that’s left to pay is the initial loan amount, which can be achieved by using savings or downsizing.

By choosing this product with the Family Building Society, David and his wife are able to have an extra bit of tax free money each month and keep their home for at least the next decade.

“I don’t want to carry a debt for the rest of my life, so that’s why I backed off equity release.”

Treat yourself to a bit extra

David was glad to see an alternative option to equity release mortgages being offered and recommended the Retirement Lifestyle Booster mortgage to his friends.

Being able to boost monthly income without sacrificing too much equity is something that many retired couples are interested in and, for David and his wife, the Family Building Society were able to offer a product that catered to these needs.

Sometimes it’s not about helping the kids onto the property ladder or funding somebody’s business venture. Sometimes, and in the case of David and his wife, it’s about treating yourself to that little bit extra you know you deserve.

“The Retirement Lifestyle Booster is an easy way of getting a chunk of extra income, which can be easily paid off in the future without any worries.”

“We have enough money to live on and we live quite comfortably. The Retirement Lifestyle Booster just gives us more freedom.”

Looking for a little bit extra to boost your retirement income?

To afford those extra things in life find out how our Retirement Lifestyle Booster mortgage can help.

Retirement Lifestyle Booster mortgage

Savings case studies

Learn how our savings products have helped real life customers by reading their stories and finding out more about our products.
View our case studies


Explore our full range of mortgage products.
Go to mortgages