Over-65 homeowners’ property wealth hits new record of £1.101 trillion, Key Retirement Pensioner Property Index shows

Total over-65 homeowner property wealth grows £47 billion since May

Retired homeowners have earned £3,500 a month from their houses in the three months to the end of August as their total property wealth hit a new record high, analysis* from leading over-55s financial specialist Key Retirement shows.

Total property wealth owned by over-65s who have paid off their mortgages grew to a record £1.101 trillion in August.

More than £47.2 billion has been added to the property wealth of the UK’s over-65 homeowners over the three months as the property market recovered across all regions.

The value of property investment is underlined by Key’s index – since the group started analysing over-65s housing wealth in 2010 retired homeowners have seen growth of 41% or £321 billion which is worth around £68,500 on average for every over-65 homeowner. Owning a home has been worth around £9,800 a year for over-65s.

Key’s Pensioner Property Equity Index shows the biggest individual gains were in London where over-65s in London made nearly £17,000 each from their properties but pensioners in East Anglia, Scotland, the South West and the North East also saw double-digit gains.

The strength of the housing market means property wealth is making a major contribution to retirement standards of living as the equity release market expands. Average equity release customers** are cashing in £70,625 of property wealth and nearly £114,000 in London and £82,000 in the South East.

Dean Mirfin, Chief Product Officer at Key Retirement said: “The strength of the housing market over the three months has significantly boosted property wealth for pensioners making as much as £3,500 a month.

“Prices may not continue to grow as fast but pensioners who have paid off mortgages can still rely on tax-free returns no matter what happens in the short and medium term.

“The average homeowner is releasing through equity release the equivalent of the gains made since 2010 and property wealth is having a dramatic effect on the standards of retirement living for many thousands across the UK.”

The table below shows the detailed picture across Great Britain

RegionAverage change in value of home equity for homeowners aged 65+ (between May 2017 and August index) Combined change in value of home equity for homeowners aged 65+ (between May 2017and August 2017 index)
South Eastincrease of £9,391+£6.160 billion
LondonIncrease of £16,987+£6.217 billion
South Westincrease of £11,991+£7.513 billion
North Westincrease of £7,177+£4.815 billion
East Angliaincrease of £12,821+£6.051 billion
East Midlandsincrease of £8,463+£3.649 billion
West Midlandsincrease of £8,784+£3.184 billion
Yorks/Humbsincrease of £8,614+£2.846 billion
Scotlandincrease of £12,046+£3.396 billion
Walesincrease of £3,100+£820.26 million
North Eastincrease of £10,701+£2.942 billion
GREAT BRITAIN+£10,602+£47.202 billion

The table below shows over-65s in the North West are most likely to own outright with 671,000 having paid off mortgages compared with 656,000 in the South East.

RegionEstimated property equity in homes owned outright by people aged 65+ (August 2017)Estimated percentage of total value of property equity belonging to people aged 65+ (August 2017)Number of households in the region owned outright by people aged 65+
South East£210.513 billion19.11%656,000
London£178.874 billion16.24%366,000
South West£158.036 billion14.35%626,600
East Anglia£136.855 billion12.42%472,000
North West£105.633 billion9.59%671,000
East Midlands£79.632 billion7.23%431,200
West Midlands£67.765 billion6.15%358,400
Yorks/Humbs£45.662 billion4.15%288,600
Scotland£42.070 billion3.82%282,000
Wales£39.913 billion3.62%264,600
North East£36.574 billion3.32%275,000
GREAT BRITAIN£1.101 trillion



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