Older homeowners see property wealth grow by £800 a month

Over-65s now own homes worth £1.256 trillion, Key Pensioner Property Index shows

Londoners are the only ones to miss out on price increases

 Over-65s saw their property wealth increase by more than £800 a month in the past six months as the housing market benefited from the Stamp Duty holiday, analysis* from equity release adviser Key shows.

Over the past six months property owned outright by over-65s has increased in value by £24.225 billion which is worth an average £4,833 for each older homeowners.

Their total property wealth now stands at £1.256 trillion with all parts of Great Britain benefiting apart from London where property values fell as people looked to leave the capital and central London house prices underperformed. The biggest gains in the past six months were in Scotland and the South East with over-65s gaining more than £13,000 and nearly £12,000 respectively.

Long-term gains from property beat income growth

Since Key started analysing the mortgage-free property wealth of the over-65s in 2010 homeowners have seen growth of 61% – a total of more than £476 billion which is equivalent to around £95,000 per household over the past 11 years.

Over-65s have not seen the same boost to their incomes as they have seen to the value of their homes. Most recent Government data shows average pensioner incomes after housing costs only rising £12 to £331 per week – the equivalent of 3.7% – over the last 11 years**.  Pensioner couples have average incomes of £482 which is 6.8% higher than 11 years ago while single pensioners’ average incomes are 4.5% higher at £231.

The only region to see property values drop in the past six months was London where average prices are around £6,647 lower. All other regions saw growth of at least nearly £1,000.  More than a fifth of all property wealth held by over-65s is in the South East with the South West and East Anglia the next biggest regions for over-65s property wealth.

Will Hale, CEO at Key said: “The recent end of the Stamp Duty holiday may cool the property market somewhat but over-65s homeowners will continue to have a substantial amount of wealth tied up in their houses. This wealth can be accessed through products such as equity release and be used by older homeowners to address financial needs and wants through later life.

“The 61% rise in the property wealth of over-65s over the past 11 years dwarfs single digit increases in average pensioner incomes over that period and underlines the case for advisers and customers considering all assets when looking at financial planning at and through retirement.

“Equity release customers are increasingly using plans for a wide variety of purposes including securing their own retirement finances while also gifting money to family to help them on to the property ladder. Today’s modern equity release plans enable people to manage their borrowing in a flexible way and therefore to meet both needs and wants as their circumstances change through later life.”

The table below shows the detailed picture across Great Britain with 10 areas seeing growth and only London recording a fall in property values.


Region Average change in value of home equity for homeowners aged 65+ (past six months) Combined change in value of home equity for homeowners aged 65+ (past three months)
South East Up £11,858 + £8.624 billion
South West Up £2,530  +£1.686 billion
East Anglia Up £1,436 + £790 million
London Down £6,647 -£1.726 billion
North West Up £937 + £508.325 million
East Midlands Up £4,242 + £1.821 billion
Yorks/Humbs Up £1,076 + £497.69 million
West Midlands Up £10,305 +£3.930 billion
Wales Up £9,503 +£3.387 billion
Scotland Up £13,067 + £5.001 billion
North East Up £6,784 + £1.584 billion
GREAT BRITAIN Up £4,838 +£24.225 billion


The table below shows more over-65s in the South East have paid off their mortgages with 727,000 owning their homes outright compared with 666,614 in the South West and 549,784 in East Anglia. London has the second lowest number of over-65s owning homes outright at 259,801 just ahead of the North East on 233,601.


Region Estimated property equity in homes owned outright by people aged 65+ Estimated % of total value of property equity belonging to people aged 65+ No. of households in the region owned outright by people aged 65+
South East £257.681 billion 20.5% 727,343
South West £184.770 billion 14.7% 666,614
East Anglia £171.574 billion 13.65% 549,784
London £128.516 billion 10.23% 259,801
North West £100.455 billion 7.99% 542,504
East Midlands £91.951 billion 7.32% 429,340
Yorks/Humbs £83.407 billion 6.64% 462,544
West Midlands £84.201 billion 6.7% 381,417
Wales £69.705 billion 5.55% 370,852
Scotland £67.816 billion 5.5% 382,784
North East £33.856 billion 2.69% 233,601
GREAT BRITAIN £1.256 trillion 5,006,584


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