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Buying property is best investment most of us can ever make - just ask retirees

If you want to build your wealth in the short-term, the easiest way to do so is by saving more money.

If you want to build your wealth over a number of years, many investors argue that you should invest in property, with a wealth of evidence available to show that this rather low-risk investment pays off over the long-term.

New analysis by Key Retirement found that total property wealth owned by over 65s who have paid off their mortgages is now worth £1.054trn, with average retired homeowners making £29,010 in the year to May, which suggests that more than £127bn was collectively added to the average property.

Key Retirement’s Pensioner Property Index, which tracks the amount of equity held in property by people over 65 years old in Great Britain, reveals that East Anglia saw the biggest growth in the past year, and retired homeowners in the region are now £56,138 better off - the equivalent of almost £4,700 a month.

Over 65s in the South East and South West saw gains of more than £40,000 each, while retired homeowners in the West Midlands made almost £40,000.

According to Key’s index, over 65s housing wealth in 2010 retired homeowners have seen growth of 35%, or £274bn, which illustrates the long-term success story of property ownership.

Key’s Pensioner Property Equity Index shows that despite a fall in total property wealth over the past year, retired homeowners in London still own £172.65bn of property wealth.

The long-term financial benefits of owning a house is underlined by average equity release payouts of £73,610, and as much as £117,000 in the capital. But Key’s index reveals that home prices across all the regions monitored have dropped in the past three months.

Dean Mirfin, technical director at Key Retirement, said: “Owning a house has been a major investment success for retired homeowners and the average gain of £29,000 demonstrates the contribution property wealth can make to retirement planning.

“Pensioners who have paid off mortgages have been able to rely on consistent tax-free returns from their homes, no matter what the impact of historically low interest rates and market uncertainty has been.

“Whatever happens in the property market homeowners will always have a major asset that can make a major contribution to their retirement standard of living whether it is generating extra income or capital to help loved ones.”

The table below shows the detailed picture across Great Britain

The table below shows over 65s in the North West are most likely to own outright with 671,000 having paid off mortgages compared with 656,000 in the South East.

Source: Property Investor Today

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