The equity release market, like everything else, will always be affected by the recession. However, not in the ways you might think. The demand for equity release will not really be affected. What will be affected, however, is the reasons that people release equity for. Surprisingly, home owners are releasing equity in order that their offspring can move back into the family house. With redundancies on the up and unemployment rapidly rising, many young families are struggling to make ends meet. Thus their parents are releasing equity to make home improvements and extensions to accommodate their children and the new families that they have made.