First time buyers
Lending to first-time buyers reached the highest annual level since 2007 last year, with 676,900 loans taken out and £112.7bn advanced in total.
House price growth in London is expected to rise by just 10.4% over the next five years compared to 19.3% across the UK as a whole, Savills research finds.
House prices grew by 2% between December and January, the biggest January monthly increase seen since 2009 (2.4%), according to the latest Halifax house price index.
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The number of first-time buyers has risen 50% in the last two years, with record low mortgage rates and new government schemes driving these figures.
The main barrier to moving up the property ladder for 63% of homeowners is the need for the value of the current property to increase.
Tesco Bank has confirmed it will cut rates on its two, three and five year fixed-rate mortgages.
Older people looking to ‘downsize’ should not have to pay stamp duty on the purchase of a moderately-priced home, a group of MPs has recommended.
Home buyers using the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme were able to access the property ladder with average deposits of just £8,974 in September, according to data from Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB).
The number of first-time buyer UK house completions increased year-on-year in September, defying trends of a slowdown in the market.
Research has revealed that British house-hunters feel increasingly disenfranchised by the lack of affordable housing.
All types of lending declined in August compared to July, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
CML data on the characteristics of lending in July show that the market remains driven primarily by lending for house purchase, rather than remortgages.
Data suggests first-time buyer property prices are rising faster than those for any other demographic compounding the affordability struggle to get on the housing ladder.
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