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New Warnings Over Using Property For Pensions

New Warnings Over Using Property For Pensions

Relying On Property To Fund Pension Is Not A Good Idea Warn Experts

3.5 million property owners plan to rent out, downsize or sell properties to get enough money in the bank to pay for their retirement according to a survey by an asset management specialist.

However, pension experts are warning that people could be risking poverty in retirement because of the volatile nature of the property market, especially if they were forced to sell properties as values fell.

The research, by Barings Asset Management, discovered that 16% of the UK workforce would be relying on property sales to provide them with all or some of their pension pots, an increase of 13% from 2013 and the highest reported figure since 2009.

Soaring residential property prices are the reason behind the trend. Last week the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said average UK residential property prices were up 11.7% in the year to the end of July to £272,000 (GBP).

The biggest rise was 19.1% observed in London.

The hard hitting story was first published by the Express newspaper earlier this week, with warnings from financial advisors that property investment was a dangerous game to play.

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The Financial Services Authority (FSA), are urging people seeking mortgage advice to ensure they obtain the correct type of mortgage product for their residential property purchase.

The FSA have said that Buy to Let Mortgage applications are rising, but a growing number of applications are fraudulent.

Would be homeowners and borrowers who, for whatever reason are unable to meet the strict lending criteria now demanded for a UK residential mortgage, are attempting to fraudulently use Buy To Let (BTL) mortgages as a means to purchase property, despite having no intention of being a landlord or ever renting the property out to tenants.

Buy to let mortgages are not regulated in the same way as residential mortgages and the borrowing criteria are more relaxed.

This means that buyers who fail to meet the income and credit check requirements of a residential mortgage can still get approval for a similar sized buy to let mortgage.

The FSA believe that intermediaries and financial advisors are involved in the fraudulent applications.

When asked about the rising levels of deception an FSA spokesman commented: “We are seeing anecdotal evidence of unregulated buy-to-let mortgages being used fraudulently as a replacement for regulated residential mortgage contracts, as borrowers and intermediaries seek to circumvent more stringent income and affordability checks.”

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