The European Pensions and Property Asset Release Group (EPPARG) and EY published the Global Equity Release Roundtable 2020 survey report, which predicts the global equity release market could more than treble over the next 10 years.
The report gathers data from market leaders across 13 countries globally with established or developing equity release markets, and analyses growth potential. The 13 countries span Europe, the US and Australia, and are considered to be amongst the largest equity release markets in the world. Key findings:
- Between the countries analyzed, over $15bn of equity is released per year for homeowners, but by 2031, the global equity release market is expected to exceed $50bn in annual releases;
- The most common sources of financing for equity release mortgages are banks and insurance companies, as well as securitizations;
- The most common type of equity release is the lifetime mortgage, which is available in the majority of countries covered by the survey, followed by home reversion schemes.
- Equity release products are typically available to customers from the age of 55 or 60 years old, with a mix of fixed and variable rates; and
- A lack of customer awareness is cited as the main barrier to growth, followed by insufficient funding, notably in European markets.
NRMLA and its leadership contributed to the survey and participated in a virtual meeting convened by EPPARG last September to begin a global dialogue among equity release providers. Read the full report.