Equity Release

Property wealth of over 55s set to double to £2.5 trillion

Christina Hoghton
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Christina Hoghton

By 2035 the property wealth of older homeowners will have doubled to reach £2.5 trillion

The property wealth of over 55s is set to increase massively, doubling to a whopping £2.5 trillion over the next 20 years, according to research by retirement income business Age Partnership.

Older homeowners in England are currently sitting on £1.2 trillion worth of property wealth, according to the firm. In the next 20 years, this is forecast to increase 105% if property prices in the UK rise by a modest annual average of 2%.

Age Partnership claims that these findings highlight a major long-term shift towards the importance of housing wealth in retirement financial planning, especially in light of the fact that we are expected to live for longer following retirement.

There are currently 15.9m people in England aged 55 or older which is expected to rise by over a third (33.8%) to 21.3m by 2035, as people increasingly live longer. This compares to a much slower growth of 10.8% for the population of England as a whole.

Simon Chalk, equity release expert at Age Partnership, said:

“We are witnessing a radical long-term shift towards people reaching retirement age with a hugely significant nest egg in the form of property wealth. In 20 years’ time, people at or near retirement could be able to tap into a combined extra £1.3 trillion of property wealth to help fund their retirement.

“Over 55s who want to do this have two options. Downsizing to a smaller or cheaper property can free up their wealth. But many don’t want to move or can’t find suitable housing to downsize to. For people who can’t or won’t downsize, equity release can be a powerful tool to tap into a share of their property wealth – large or small.”