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How many Rochdale Homeowners are Mortgage Free?

  |   Business, Homes, Mortgages

he Government’s Annual Housing Survey is 50 years old this year.


It has taken a snap shot of the UK’s property market every year since 1969 and in the recently published report for 2018, it wasn’t a surprise that owner occupation is still the most predominant tenure, yet now more people own their home without a mortgage rather than having a mortgage as the number people buying their first home (obviously with a mortgage) has declined since the Millennium.


The report also shows homeowners (mortgaged and owned outright) are, on average, older than renters and between the homeowners themselves, those who are mortgage free are older than those with a mortgage.Looking at the most recent of data for Rochdale, we wanted to see how we compared to the national picture. Therefore, focusing on the main 4 tenures of owned outright, owned with a mortgage, social housing (i.e. Council Housing and Housing Association) and private rented, this is what we found…




Looking at the stats, you can see that homeownership in Rochdale and council area as a whole lower in the 25 to 34 age range compared to 35 to 49 bracket; yet roll the clock back to the 1980s and opposite was the case.


So how many local homeowners have paid off their mortgage?


44.7% of Rochdale homeowners are mortgage free, yet of the 17,253 households that are owned by the 50 to 64 age group in Rochdale, 51.1% of those people still have a mortgage.


As most people bought their first house in their early to mid 20’s back in the 1980’s, this shows that a lot of people residing in Rochdale must have re-mortgaged in the past and extended their borrowings (otherwise they should have paid their mortgage off now).


The other interesting stat is in relation to the 5% of over 75’s that still have a mortgage.


If you amalgamate the national historic ranges going back to 1977 (see the graph below “UK Households with a Mortgage by Age – 1977 to 2018” you will see the number of people who own a property with a mortgage has been dropping since the Millennium, yet nationally the number of people who own a property has remained roughly the same, even with the growth of the private rented sector.


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Reports in the industry suggest that in the next ten years this will increase, as nearly 1 in 5 homeowners will be still paying off their mortgage after retirement.


One of the reasons behind that will be the legacy of interest-only loans and delayed first-time buying as we become more and more like Germany in our house ownership models, where people naturally rent their homes until their 50’s and then buy when they inherit money from their parents.


In the meantime, demand for Rochdale rental properties will only increase …. so good news for Rochdale Buy to Let landlords and indirectly Rochdale homeowners as well.