Are you a property boom winner…or did you lose out?

The decade you were born determines your share of £2.3tn in property wealth

The rapid rise in house prices in the 1990s and early 2000s resulted in a £2.3 trillion windfall for homeowners – but how much you profited from the boom depends on when you were born. New research by the think tank Resolution Foundation found that 82% of the growth in property wealth since the 1990s has been driven by rising house prices, rather than active savings decisions (such as buying, selling and paying off mortgages). But the data also found that the wealth has not been shared evenly, with the decade you were born having a huge influence on how much money you made. Which generations profited the most from price growth – and which are falling behind? Don’t call me baby: younger boomers worse off The biggest share of the spoils went to baby boomers born before 1955, the Resolution Foundation found. As well as being too young to fully enjoy the rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll and England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup, baby boomers born after 1955 made less out of their properties than their older brothers and sisters. Older baby boomers born between 1946 and 1955 enjoyed 7% more wealth by the time they reached the age of 55 than those born five years later. Average property wealth in middle age The chart below shows the average property wealth enjoyed by people born in different decades when they reached the age of 48. Fabulous fifties the best time to be born The 1990s and early 2000s saw house prices increase at remarkable levels, explaining the prosperity enjoyed by baby boomers in the property market. Between 1995 and 2005, mean net property wealth increased by 205% – and one in six homeowners earned more from their properties than their jobs. As the chart below shows, older homeowners who bought their properties well in advance of the boom enjoyed the best returns.

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