As of April 2015, savers aged 55 and above are able to withdraw as much of their pension pot as they wish – compared to just a 25% tax-free lump sum as was previously the case. Any amount over 25%, however, will be subject to tax. Therefore, it is important to seek professional advice.
These changes will give you much more flexibility on how to invest your savings ahead of retirement – and, unsurprisingly, many people are looking to the property market to get the maximum return on their pension pot.
According to “This is Money”, Manchester tops the UK table for rental returns based on yield, with the North West being the most lucrative area for annual average rental yields over the past five years. Manchester comes out on top with average annual rental yields over 5 years of 6.02%.
The key to a successful long term buy-to-let investment is finding strong rental yields for income returns and the potential for capital growth from rising house prices over time. Rental yield is calculated by taking the annual rent you get from a property and working it out as a percentage of the property’s market price.
So before going down the traditional routes of savings accounts or annuities when the time comes to cash in your pension, make sure you are aware of all your options and seek appropriate advice.
With an average rental yield over 5 years of 6.02% in Manchester, a buy-to-let investment offers a significantly higher return than most savings accounts.
When you buy an annuity, most will trade your pension pot for a lifetime fixed income, leaving your family with no legacy. By investing in property, your cash stays in the bricks and mortar for your beneficiaries to sell or continue receiving rental income.
House prices in the North-West increased by 5.6% in 2015, raising the value of buy-to-let investments.
Why invest your entire pension pot in just the one property?
By splitting your cash across multiple houses with the use of a buy-to-let mortgage, you can ensure a higher rental income and reduce the impact of any void periods when your property does not have a tenant.
Speak to a member of our Financial Services team for more information on how this could benefit you.
The world of property investments is probably not one that many savers have much knowledge of – so don’t step into the unknown on your own. Edward Mellor Platinum is a totally free service designed to help you find, buy, and manage your investment property with help and guidance from our team of experts.
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