By Mark Smith
A well-built portfolio could turn a small deposit into a big one, giving savers greater leverage when they decide to climb onto the property ladder.
Frustrated first-time buyers watching their savings fail to grow while they wait for a buying opportunity would be up to £48,000 better off if they’d invested in the stock market five years ago, according to a new study from Trustnet.
First-time buyers hit with a triple whammy of high deposits, high property prices and low interest on their savings, would have seen a lump sum of £25,000 turn into £27,999 over five years if they’d put it into ING Direct while they waited for the right home to come along.
The same money invested in a portfolio of funds would be worth considerably more. The Adviser Fund Index (AFI) Cautious Index, a composite portfolio of funds chosen by the UK’s leading financial advisers and operated by Financial Express, would have turned the same amount into £29,806.
The same £25,000 invested in the AFI Balanced index would be worth £31,232, while the AFI Aggressive index would have returned £32,913 over the same period. This broad spectrum of returns has a significant impact on the type of property the hypothetical first-time buyer could afford, equivalent to a staggering difference of £48,000 in its total value.
Using figures from Santander, which
puts the average first-time deposit at 17 per cent, the cash-only investor’s £27,999 would afford them access to a property worth £147,000, while the bravest buyers who had put their money into the AFI Aggressive portfolio would today be able to afford a property worth just under £195,000.
A quick search on www.rightmove.com shows that, in real terms, this means the difference between a small two bedroom flat in East London bearing a close resemblance to a garden shed, and an ivy-covered ragstone cottage in Kent (pictured above) with its own trout stream, 20 minutes by train from London Bridge.
Please click here to contact us and find out how we can help.