New research shows volume of FTBs helped by equity release


New research shows volume of FTBs helped by equity release

New research shows volume of FTBs helped by equity release

According to new research, equity release products are helping over 30 first-time-buyers a week climb onto the property ladder.

The figures from Retirement Advantage have revealed the extent to which older family members are using equity release to gift to younger relatives in this way. The data found that in the first half of 2016, 7% of their customers said they were purchasing an equity release product so that they could help a first time buyer.

Over the same period, statistics from the Equity Release Council show that there were 11,846 new equity release customers nationwide. By applying their experiences across the UK, Retirement Advantage estimates this equates to 32 people week securing a first-time home thanks to equity release.

Alice Watson, Product and Communications Manager at Retirement Advantage Equity Release, commented: “In recent months and years the reasons for buying equity release have diversified with real fervour. Perhaps the most striking development we’ve seen so far this year is the proportion of customers telling us they want to unlock some of the wealth in their property to help a family member get onto the housing ladder. If you apply this trend across the country, it’s no exaggeration to say that equity release is making a significant impact on the ability of first-time buyers to own a property.

It’s yet more concrete evidence that property wealth is now seen as a viable and flexible resource in retirement, alongside pensions and other pots of savings. The customers we deal with want to do something special like go on the holiday of a lifetime, help a grandchild buy a home, or simply have a bit more cash available to live more comfortably in retirement. They recognise that equity release can be the ideal vehicle to help them achieve this.”

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