A record £3.06 billion was taken out of British properties by 67,000 homeowners in 2017, up from £2.15 billion in 2016 and £1.6 billion in 2015.
According to data from the Equity Release Council, the final three months of 2017 broke a series of records relating to the ‘equity release’ market, as homeowners tapped into their property wealth.
David Burrowes, Chairman of the Equity Release Council, comments: “The record-breaking demand for equity release over the past year is testament to the fact more consumers are changing the way they plan financially for retirement, and taking a broader range of options into consideration. This is illustrated by the continued popularity of drawdown products, with many customers viewing equity release as a reliable source of income in later life.”
Mr Burrowes said customers had “more choice than ever” when tapping into housing wealth, adding that: “Property is, for many people, their largest asset and has the potential to play an ever-greater role in the future to meet the challenge of ensuring effective later life funding.”
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