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Seek advice before making FTB gifts

Help for First Time Buyers

Nearly one in five parents and grandparents who helped a family member buy their first home used their own property wealth to do so, new research12 has shown, raising concerns that some might be leaving themselves short.

Families help out

FTBs are increasingly relying on family members’ support to get on the housing ladder. In total, 42% of parents and grandparents aged over 55 have helped fund a family member’s property purchase. Parents and grandparents eager to help out are in turn using a combination of their savings (68%), investments (22%) and pension (14%) to find the funding.

Many not seeking advice

The research showed that 18% have used their own home to generate the money, either through equity release, downsizing or re-mortgaging. It also found that 72% of parents and grandparents don’t seek formal advice before making gifts.

Here to help

Making a gift to a family member to buy their first home can be a rewarding way to use your hard-earned money. But it’s important to think about your own needs. We’re here to help you make a balanced decision that’s right for your unique situation.

12L&G and CEBR, 2023