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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Preferred home equity release approach for retirement
Authors: Ho, Tin Long
Bateman, Hazel
Hanewald, Katja
Institution: School of Risk & Actuarial Studies, UNSW Sydney, and ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)
Publication Date: Jan-2022
Keywords: Reverse mortgages
Pension Loans Scheme
Australian retirement income
Abstract: This paper investigates the preferred home equity release approach for retirement, given available options (downsizing, the government-offered Pension Loans Scheme, commercial reverse mortgages, and home reversion–type schemes) and reflecting current tax, superannuation, and age pension rules in Australia. We use state-of-the-art economic and actuarial modeling to identify the preferred approach for the use of housing wealth by Australian retiree households with different marital status, wealth portfolios, and preferences. The Pension Loans Scheme is found to be most beneficial if households only need to boost retirement income by a limited amount. Private reverse mortgages are more attractive if households prefer a large lump-sum at retirement age. Households with lower house price growth expectations should use home reversion schemes. When households have strong bequest motives, they should not downsize or use home equity release. Our results can help policymakers, financial advisers, and individuals to improve retirement outcomes.
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
Appears in Collections:Technical Papers

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