Have you started your retirement planning yet?  If you are heading towards or are over the age of 55 now could be the time to begin.  One thing you might consider is a house move. Because we know a thing or two about moving, we thought we might be able to help. Let us provide some helpful advice and make an astonishing suggestion.

Selling a house

As we get older, many of us realise that we no longer need the large family home.  Selling it on and moving into a smaller place on average releases around £80k for UK home owners (The Independent, August 2017).  This provides some welcome income.

Of course, there are the usual transaction fees to take into account.  It is important to factor in the costs for Estate Agents, Solicitors and Surveyors as well as Removals before you make a decision.

Retirement homes – or are they?

If you have been in your current property for some time, it is likely that you will draw enough equity to move somewhere suitable.  After all, you don’t want to settle for second best!

However, if you are disappointed by the homes for sale in your area, you could consider shared ownership for over 55s. Many of these are marketed as ‘retirement homes’.  If you feel too young to be looking at retirement properties, just stop and check them out before you make your mind up. Many homes newly built and offer great amenities.

What is Older Person’s Shared Ownership?

Shared ownership means that you are buying a share of between 25-75% of a property.  The remaining share will be owned by a housing association. Each month you pay a combination of mortgage and affordable  rent.

If you are over 55 and have a 75% stake in the property you do not need to pay rent.  Instead, the housing association will claim their share of equity when the house is sold again.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Many retirement homes are new homes, purposefully built for the scheme
  • Your household income must be less than £60,000 for you to be eligible
  • You can purchase between 25%-75% of the property but never 100%
  • If you own 75% you no will not need to pay any rent to the housing association

Affordable homes for sale

With backing by the government, there are many shared ownership homes available or with planned estates underway as we speak.

If you think this option is for you, try searching for a retirement shared ownership properties or visit the government website for further information.