Bank of Mum and Dad sparks equity release growth

Research has suggested that equity release has increased due to a growing dependence on the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad.The data from Age Partnership indicated that as much as £114,151 is being released by grandparents and parents in order to help relatives purchase their first home.

This is the case for a considerate 6% of those releasing equity. Paying off remaining mortgage debts is still the most popular reason for using a property to unlock extra cash.

Having risen in recent years, the average amount released by those in the South has reached £85,593. Since 2015, this represents a growth of £2,500.

Northerners, in contrast, are releasing slightly less than their Southern counterparts, averaging £50,218.

At an average of £114,151, London retirees are releasing the most equity, potentially reflective of the high property prices in the capital.

A joint project between several regional law firms, Equishield provide professional legal advice for Equity Release Mortgages across England and Wales. More information can be found on their website.

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