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Analysis of Housing Equity Withdrawal by its Forms

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  • Declan French
  • Donal McKillop
  • Tripti Sharma
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    Using the household level data from the UK Wealth and Asset Survey for years 2006-2014, we explore a household’s decision to use one particular method of withdrawing home equity from a range of options available to them. These options include financial products such as remortgage contracts and equity release schemes (reverse mortgage and home reversion schemes) and informal mediums carried out by individual households themselves, for example downsizing of homeownership. The results show that homeowners prefer using formal channels of equity withdrawal. This tendency persists when controlling for household characteristics such as age profile, marital status and demographics and levels of housing wealth, income, savings and unsecured and secured debts. Our findings support the argument that while the decision to withdraw home equity conforms to consumption smoothing motives, the choice of an equity withdrawal medium goes beyond those motives and depends on the circumstances facing individual households.

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    Paper provided by Centre for HeAlth Research at the Management School (CHaRMS) in its series CHaRMS Working Papers with number 17-04.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2017
    Handle: RePEc:qub:charms:1704
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