Over the last few weeks there's been a lot of focus on housing and older people, with the government's White Paper on housing looking at ways to encourage older people to downsize. But not everyone wants to sell up. Last year people released over £2 billion of equity from their homes. So, how can you make money from your property? What are the options and what do you have to bear in mind? Sarah Pennells was joined in the studio by Jane King who's from Ashridge financial planning and by Ceri Wheeldon who's the founder of the website Fab After Fifty.
Figures show that an increasing number of people in their 50s and 60s are getting their elderly parents to move in with them, moving into their home, or are pooling their money to buy a property that they can all live in together. It can be a good option for some families, but there are some disadvantages. So, what do you need to think about if you're considering asking your parent to live with you and what are the pros and cons? Sarah Pennells is joined by Christine Webber, an author, broadcaster and psychotherapist, Adrian Kidd from Plan Your Money.co.uk and Deborah Stone who's the founder of the website Myageingparent.com.
As a nation, we have something of a love affair with property, but investing in property doesn’t necessarily have to involve buying a house or flat. In fact, it doesn’t have to mean you put your money into houses at all – you could invest in office blocks or shopping centres through investment funds. Sarah Pennells and her guests, Mark Weedon, Head of Institutional Development at Property Partner, and Guy Glover, Manager of the F&C Property Fund, discuss what to think about when it comes to investing in property and how to do this using funds and crowdfunding.
Sarah Pennells is joined by Mike Edwards, founder of the DIY Doctor, Michael Holmes, property expert for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show and chair of NaCSBA (The National Custom & Self Build Association) and Simon Warpole, home insurance expert at Aviva, to talk about the practical repairs you can do to your home, and how to cut costs, as well as making sure you're covered by insurance for any DIY disasters!
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Lina Bourdon of City and Country Mortgages, and over the phone with David Hollingworth of London and Country Mortgages, to discuss interest only mortgages, looking at why people still have that type, and what alternatives may be a better option.
Sarah Pennells is joined by, Andrea Rozaria, Chief Corporate Officer at bower retirement, Alison Hesketh from Time Finders and Janet Davis, Managing Director at Symponia to discuss releasing equity and downsizing your property.
Sarah Pennells is joined by London-based property investor and National Landlords Association spokesman Richard Blanco, and author of the UK's top selling book on property, David Lawrenson about investing your future in property.