Sad but true aspiring home owners banking on inheritance to get on the ladder

One in six millennials are waiting for a relative to die as their main route to get on the property ladder, a rather depressing poll has found.

Research by comparison website of 1,000 adults aged 18-34 found one in six are banking on the death of mum or dad to inherit a home.

The research doesn’t take into account the possibility that a home may need to be sold or used to fund care fees or inheritance tax, but it shows a lack of saving among young people and both a lack of awareness and willingness to use schemes that may help.

Asked what was stopping them buying, 53% said they can’t afford to save and 32% said they can’t afford the area they want to live in, while 19% are scared of such a big financial decision.

There is also fear among 12% of being rejected by a mortgage provider and the same amount don’t know how to start looking.

More than a third (38%) said they want to pay off existing debts first, while a fifth of the ‘romantics’ are waiting until they find love to split the financial burden.

Asked if they knew what their options were, 24% hadn’t heard of shared ownership and just 9% said they would use it.

More than half (57%) said they had heard of guarantor mortgages, and 65% were aware of gifting from parents, but just 6% and 11% respectively said they would use these routes.

There is also the option of the Government’s Help to Buy schemes, but while 84% were aware of the mortgage initiatives, only 34% planned to use it and only 38% said they would use the Help to Buy Isa.

Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief of, said: “Getting on the property ladder may not be the impossible dream many people think it is.

“There are a surprising number of schemes that can help those who can’t afford to get a big deposit together, many of which they probably don’t even know about.

“If parents can afford it, ‘gifting’ money to children or grandchildren can often be a good way to give kids a tax-free early inheritance to help with the deposit.

“Alternatively, parents that are confident in their kids’ financial capability can be a ‘guarantor’ for their mortgage – this might help them get the deal they need.”

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