Savers urged not to raid pensions to purchase property – Pensions Age
Pensions savers should think twice before they raid their pension savings to fund the purchase of a second property, Royal London has said in the news this week.
It warned that savers risked “throwing away” thousands of pounds if they used their pensions to buy a second home.
Following a YouGov survey which found that 29 per cent of people aged 45-54 would consider investing in a buy-to-let property to fund their retirement, Royal London warned that income tax on withdrawals and stamp duty would leave savers worse off.
The taxes could take “huge chunks” out of the initial sum, meaning that people would need to “radically rethink” what type of property they can afford, according to the firm.
If you’re thinking of buying a property to let or looking for other ways to fund your retirement, it might be worth exploring your options and making sure your decisions don’t impact your pension savings. Find out how you could benefit from working with an independent financial adviser.
“House of horrors” that went on the market for £1 sells for £180,000 – Metro
A while ago we reported on a ‘house of horrors’ that had been put on the market for just £1. Now the news this week has revealed that the property sold just in time for Halloween.
It went on the market for £1 but sold at £180,000 and the buyer plans on giving it a huge refurb. Auctioneer Andrew Parker, from SDL Auctions Bigwood, said: ‘We knew this property would attract some serious bidding and were not disappointed. Serious property developers relish a challenge and will have looked beyond this house’s outward appearance.’
‘We are trapped in our home because of Brexit’: meet the buyers and sellers caught in Britain’s great property slowdown – The Telegraph
Homeowners across the country have found themselves stuck in their homes and unable to sell because of the slowdown which has hit the housing market since Brexit.
The Telegraph reports that confidence has drained from the market since Britain voted to leave the European Union in the summer of 2016. House price growth has slowed dramatically, with prices declining in some areas of the country. This has prompted many buyers to remain at home rather than risk purchasing a house in a falling market.
A report published by Zoopla, the property portal, found that the average time it takes to sell a home has increased from eight weeks in the period following the 2016 referendum to 12 weeks today.
For some, the situation is far worse. In one instance, sellers have had two children in the three-and-a-half years it took to sell their property, while another was forced to move in with their wife’s parents after a chain of buyers and sellers collapsed.
Telegraph Money meets four people who have put their housing dreams on hold, or have battled through the current market conditions.
Women more likely than men to dream of homeownership, but less confident – Property Wire
Women in the UK are more likely than men to dream of owning their own home but are also less confident they will achieve this goal, a new study has found.
The First Time Buyer Index from Aldermore surveyed more than 1,000 prospective homebuyers in the UK. Nearly nine in ten women (87%) said they have previously dreamed about becoming a homeowner, compared to 71% of men.
Yet women are more likely to feel the goal of homeownership is unachievable – 68% of women hold this view, which is 11% higher than the figure among men.
Elsewhere the research showed that women (76%) are more likely than men (67%) to consider renting to be too expensive, while women are also more likely to see saving for a deposit as the biggest obstacle to buying a home (33% versus 20% of men).