February 1, 2016

The Bank of Mum and Dad

These days it is harder than ever to get on the property ladder. According to Halifax, the average first-time buyer is 31 and needs a deposit of £33,000.

This means would be first-time buyers having to save up for many years, forcing up the average age.

What is the solution?

One answer could be equity release, if parents or grandparents are able and willing to help. Some people call this a ‘living inheritance’. Equity release plans from Equity Release Council members come with important legal safeguards but, as with all financial matters, there are downsides:

  • Releasing equity to help family members reduces the amount available for yourself.
  • If you have more than one beneficiary, it is possible that the inheritance to other relatives is affected.
  • As always, professional advice is essential. Whether you are hoping to purchase your first home or wishing to help your family, please contact us for advice.