A Place In The Sun presenter Sara Damergi explains why you should ditch your pension for a second home

Would you take this financial risk?

Saving into a pension scheme is just common sense, right? Not according to A Place In The Sun Presenter Sara Damergi.

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The 40-year-old TV presenter said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday that she doesn't trust paying into a pension scheme and thinks investing in property is the best way to save up for retirement.

'I have got a two-bed flat in Catford, South London, which is my pension pot,' the presenter said. 'I know there are tax advantages to saving into a pension, but even so, in my opinion, there is no better way to invest than in property.'

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 The presenter went onto explain that: 'I just do not trust pension schemes – I believe property is more secure, especially long-term. If you invest in a property in your 20s or 30s for your retirement, I would say it's extremely unlikely that by the time you come to sell the property that it will be worth less than what you paid for it.'

Saving up for a property in your 20s if you not on a TV presenters salary can be tough. However, scrimping and saving to get on the property ladder as soon as possible could help leave you more financially secure in the long term.

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In fact, Sara Damergi, says her biggest money mistake was not hopping onto the property ladder earlier. 'I've got a couple of properties in London now, but I could have bought my first one when I was in my early 20s,' she explains. 'Instead I wasted money on clothes and having a good time. I was 30 years old when I finally got on the property ladder.'

'I hope that by the time I retire, the value of my Catford flat will have gone up significantly,' The Place In The Sun present continues. 'I expect I will have earned a better return than if I had invested in a pension.'

However, with Brexit uncertainty and houses prices going down in areas such as London, we have to point out that investing does always come with a risk. So what happens if you don't get a better return?

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'The advantage of property is you can physically touch it,' says Sara Damergi. 'It is always there, you can always get at your cash. In the worst-case scenario, your tenant will gradually pay off your mortgage and you'll end up with a rental income.

'You do not lose with bricks and mortar,' she adds.

For more advice from Sara Damergi, check out her podcast Lifehackers with co-host Kerr Drummond.

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Would you consider swapping your pension scheme for a second property?

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.