RETIRED homeowners have seen their property wealth grow by more than £6.3 billion in the past three months as the housing market has continued to grow, new research from leading over-55s financial specialist Key Retirement Solutions shows.
Over 65s have earned an average £1,346 in past three months from their homes and their total property wealth is now at its highest level since Key Retirement Solutions started monitoring the housing wealth of the over-65s in March 2010.
Research shows that over-65 homeowners now own property wealth of £807.249 billion outright as house prices across most of the UK have risen.
The growth in property prices is helping to drive the equity release market which enables homeowners to release money from their homes.
Figures show £339.8 million was released in the first three months of this year with the average customer taking more than £61,230 from their home.
Retired homeowner pensioners in the South West were £2,283 better off.
But there were sharp falls in some areas – over-65 homeowners in Wales saw their average property wealth fall by nearly £5,000 in the three months while Scottish pensioners lost nearly £3,900.
Retired homeowners in the North West lost £966.
Key Retirement’s figures show more than 36.7 per cent of pensioner property equity is owned by over-65s in London and the South East. In London over-65s own property without any mortgages worth £151.7 billion while in the South East pensioners own £145 billion of property outright.
More than 70 per cent of pensioner property wealth is concentrated in London, the South East, the South West, the East of England and the North West.
Dean Mirfin, group director at Key Retirement Solutions (www.keyrs.co.uk), said: “Pensioner property wealth is at a new record high of £807 billion as the housing market continues to grow, and average gains of more than £1,346 in just three months highlights that property wealth should be a major part of retirement income planning.
“Even homeowners in areas where prices have fallen still have considerable property wealth considering they own their homes outright and will have seen strong gains.
“Independent advice is crucial however when considering how to use property wealth to improve retirement income whether people are downsizing to a new home or releasing equity from their current home.”