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Can I cash in my pension to to buy a house?
If you are aged 55+ and have a personal or company pension you are not currently paying into or receiving, you can cash in 100% of your pension as a lump sum to buy a house – up to 25% Tax Free
Case Study: Using your pension fund to buy a house
She explained that she and her husband needed to raise as much capital as possible for a deposit on a house. They had a £10,000 payout from a bank charges claim but needed to top this up to give them a sufficient amount to put down as a deposit. Pension Release, otherwise known as Pension Unlocking, seemed to offer the solution for them.
For the couple it was extremely important to get back on the mortgage ladder and own their own home after a period of living in rented accommodation. Helen explained that the couple had invested all previous savings in a business which unfortunately failed and due to other circumstances, were not in a position to borrow money for the deposit.
Taking cash from the pension now in the form of Pension Unlocking or Pension Release, although maybe not the ideal solution, was for them the only real alternative to enable them to meet their objective.
Helen and her husband fully understood that by taking benefits from Helen’s pension early the pension income in retirement would almost certainly be reduced. However, the position they found themselves in meant their retirement fund, for the time being, had become very much a secondary concern.
Once they had sorted out the mortgage and purchased a house, they could then focus their attention to the matter of planning for their retirement. At the time, Helen was aged 51 (the rules at the time allowed access from age 50, they have subsequently changed to age 55) and her husband was only 40, so they still had enough time left between them to accumulate an acceptable retirement fund.
In this instance Pension Unlocking or Pension Release was appropriate for their circumstances. Obviously, had the circumstances been different – had they been older and had less time to rebuild their retirement funds, or had the amount needed led to too large reduction in pension income for example – then this solution would not have been for them.
Need advice on how to access your pension to buy a house?
If your pension pot is worth £30,000 or more you need to take specialist advice from a FCA regulated firm, such as ourselves, before you transfer or cash in your pension to buy a house.
We were established in 2007 so have many years of experience successfully helping 1000’s of individuals. Some of them we advised to transfer their pensions and some of them we advised to leave their pensions where they are and not transfer them.
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Free Pension Transfer Guide & Initial Consultation
Complete the form below to receive your Free Pension Transfer Guide.
If you would like to find out if transferring or cashing in your pension is suitable for you, we can provide a free initial consultation known as abridged advice.
Simply return the enquiry form included in the guide and post it back in the free post envelope provided.
As part of the consultation we will look at:
- What existing pension plans you have in place.
- Whether you have the right type of pension to transfer.
- What your plans are for retirement.
- How much cash you can release.
- Whether your existing pension remains the best fit for you.
- The likely cost of more in-depth advice.
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Defined Benefit Pension Transfer Warning
Transferring away from a defined benefit pension scheme means you will lose valuable guarantees.
Taking benefits early will almost certainly reduce your pension income in retirement and is only suitable for a limited number of people and circumstances. This should not be seen as an easy option for raising cash.
If you release all your money from your pension early you will not have anything left to provide you with income in retirement.
When releasing cash from your pension, usually up to 25% is tax free, the balance is taxed at your marginal rate at the time and could change in the future.
Watch the FCA video explaining the expectations of financial advisers when advising you on defined benefit pension transfers.
Grove Pension Solutions Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference number 465051).
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Grove Pension Solutions assisted in moving my company pension to a personal pension, which will allow me to retire 7 years earlier than planned.
Since the FCA have made this option very difficult, Grove made the process very swift and smooth, with true professionalism throughout the process. The communication was excellent at all times, and there was always someone to answer a question if it arose.
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Grove managed the transfer of my pension swiftly and kept me in touch with the process at all times. On occasions when I telephoned with questions they were patient, and regardless of who I spoke to, the staff were knowledgeable, friendly and reassuring. Grove Pension Solutions went above and beyond to complete my transfer and I cannot thank them enough.
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In the final stages of my transfer, throughout the process the service has been very professional, regular updates by phone and email, the advisors are very friendly and explain the process in an easy to understand way. Have recommended to two other people already, wouldn't have any hesitation to use Grove Pension Solutions again, 10/10 thank you.