Aegon research highlights that the vast majority of homeowners don’t want to use their property as funding, finds Sonia Rach

New research by Aegon finds that 74% of homeowners would only use their home as a last resort to provide a retirement income or don’t consider their home as a source of retirement income at all. Only 4% of homeowners consider their home as their main source of retirement income.


Additionally, just over half of homeowners (53%) want to leave their home to their loved ones. The current ‘bank of mum and dad’ culture is apparent in retirement planning, with 21% of homeowners hoping an inheritance will help fund their retirement. As a result, selling your house and moving in with family to make ends meet in retirement is very unpopular (3%) even more than moving into a retirement home (5%).

Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon UK says: “Our research shows that people view the value in their home and the funding of their retirement very separately. It’s encouraging that people are not setting out to rely on equity in their home as a silver bullet to solve a lack of pension saving. And with the right planning and saving behaviours it can probably be avoided. However, those who don’t plan ahead and realise too late that their house is by far their most valuable asset, may be forced into making some very difficult decisions.

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“Our research found that few of the possibilities scored well. When pushed, 69% said they’d look to buy something smaller although it would require substantial downsizing to release enough to generate any significant income for life. There was almost no appetite for moving in with family (3%) or renting out a room (3%). And moving into a retirement home (5%) was only marginally less unpopular.”

Aegon’s research also highlights an inheritance culture with 21% of homeowners hoping to use inheritance to boost their retirement

Cameron adds: “Intergenerational transfers are alive and well among today’s retirement savers with more than half (53%) of people still aspiring to pass their home onto the next generation. But equally, more than 20% are hoping inheritance from elderly relatives will boost their own retirement income. This suggests that even post retirement, some individuals continue to rely on the bank of mum or dad, which is  a risky strategy as increasingly, inheritances are being eaten up to fund long-term care.”