Property News & Views
Are baby boomers spending their kids inheritance? —
08th May 2018
Well, some perhaps are, but according to recent research
carried out by the Resolution Foundation, today's millennials are likely to receive
the biggest inheritance boom in
Peter Scott from Peter Scott Estate Agents comments - Properties
in the South Bucks area for example have risen on average in value so much that
if someone had bought a five-bedroom detached house in Gerrards Cross in 1969
its now worth at least 100 times more.
WILL IT COME IN TIME?
The analysis finds that the large sums of wealth accumulated
by older generations will provide a major boost to younger generations' wealth
and living standards in years to come. Inheritances are set to more than double
over the next two decades and peak in 2035, as the well-off baby boomers
currently holding more than half of Britain's wealth progress through old age.
BOOMING PROPERTY WEALTH
Fast-rising home ownership rates for the generations born
before and after the war also mean that, as well as bigger total inheritances
each year, a greater share of young people today are likely to benefit from
inheritances than did in the past. Almost two-thirds of young adults
(20-35-year olds) have parents who own property, which they might expect to
receive a share of in future. By contrast, only 38% of adults born in the 1930s
received an inheritance.
However, the Foundation noted that while inheritances and
gifts have a large and important role to play in boosting the wealth of younger
generations, they are not a silver bullet for addressing their much lower home
ownership rates and ability to save for their futures.
The report points out that those who can expect a share of
parental property wealth are likely to inherit it too late in life to be able
to rely on it to support them in their expensive family-raising years. On
average, the Foundation expects millennials will have to wait until age 61 to
receive their inheritance.
Article sourced from BPI Ltd