New research from more 2 life shows that 40% of homeowners in the run-up to retirement are now relying on their property wealth as part of their planning.
Research among homeowners in the 55 to 64-year-old age group shows strong support for using property wealth to fund retirement. It also found potentially stronger demand among younger age groups. More than half (51%) of younger homeowners in the 45-54-year-old age group regard their property wealth as part of their retirement planning.
Although 17% of over-45s homeowners would not consider accessing their property wealth to boost retirement planning, there is strong potential demand for more retirement lending solutions, with nearly 60% of those aged 65+ calling for more specialised borrowing products designed for retired people.
Dave Harris, managing director of more 2 life, said: “Pension freedoms have put property wealth at the heart of retirement planning by increasing flexibility over how savers can access their cash.
There is a very clear and growing demand to access home property wealth across the UK. There are lots of people in the UK, in middle England, whose retirement will be transformed and their tax bills potentially reduced if they looked at their pension and property assets together.
The pension reforms make a holistic approach to retirement planning more important than ever before and those approaching, or at, retirement should factor in property wealth when planning for the future.”