Shared equity mortgages as boost for mobilising home equity: an interesting option for pension funds

“Pension funds hold the key to increased household liquidity and reduced housing market risks”

About 1,200 billion euros are tied up in home equity on the Dutch housing market. Although that wealth is at risk if house prices fall, these assets can nevertheless be mobilised for other purposes. At the moment, home equity is scarcely used. This paper investigates how the introduction of shared equity mortgages (in which the value of the loan upon repayment moves with the market value of the home) can break this impasse in risks and liquidity.

 

 

Key Takeaways for the Industry

• Pension funds can take the lead in this mortgage innovation as a trusted partner and ensure a better distribution of housing market risks.
• Clarity is needed about the division of responsibilities and possible liability risks for pension funds. In addition, good guidance for consumers is needed. And, where necessary, this should be supported by legislation and regulatory measures.

 

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.

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