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First-time buyer market share ‘stable’ despite rising prices

The proportion of first-time buyers taking out a mortgage has remained stable year-on-year despite increases in the average price and deposit, according to research by Halifax.

The bank’s analysis of UK Finance data estimated first-time buyers made up 50 per cent of all home purchase loans last year, compared to 51 per cent in 2019.

The proportion of first-time buyers purchasing with a mortgage remained stable despite the average price they paid reaching £256,057 last year, an increase of 10 per cent from 2019.

The average deposit paid by a first-time buyer also increased by almost a quarter (23 per cent) to £57,278 last year, compared to £46,449 in 2019.

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However, with the housing market effectively closed during the first national lockdown, the overall number of first-time buyers fell to 304,657 in 2020, down 13 per cent compared to the previous year.

YearNumber of first-time buyersAnnual changeFTBs as percentage of all home purchase loans
2015298,080-4%46%
2016328,51010%48%
2017345,9205%49%
2018353,1202%50%
2019351,260-1%51%
2020*304,657-13%50%
Sources: UK Finance and *Halifax estimate for 2020

The property market re-opened in the second half of 2020 but first-time buyer transactions were also down during that period, but only by 2 per cent when compared to 2019.

Halifax noted that first-time buyer transactions had bounced back “strongly” in the second half of last year by 52 per cent, from 121,050 in H1 to 183,607 in H2, following the reopening of the housing market from May.

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Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said: “Whilst these figures confirm the almost inevitable fall in the overall number of first-time buyers in 2020 – with the entire housing market effectively shuttered during the first national lockdown – they also underline just how strong the bounce back was in the second half of the year.

“Despite the obvious challenges presented by soaring house prices, not least the need to raise an even bigger deposit, first-time buyers still accounted for half of all home purchases, a reassuring statistic given their overall importance to the market.”

Luke Spellman, financial adviser at Spellman Financial Services, said it was unsurprising that the average first-time buyer deposit had increased.

He said: “This will mainly be down to mortgage lenders hiking the minimum deposit required from 5 per cent to 10-15 per cent for the best part of last year.”

The number of 95 per cent LTV mortgages has dropped dramatically during the pandemic.

Data from Moneyfacts showed there were eight products available at 95 per cent LTV at the start of December, around 2 per cent of the number available at the beginning of March (391) before the first national lockdown.

By Chloe Cheung

Source: FT Adviser

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First-time buyers losing interest in city living

City living is losing its appeal among first-time buyers, with the vast majority now preferring more subdued locations, Trussle has found.

As it stands just 29% of first-time buyers plan to buy in a city, compared to 53% in a suburb.

Miles Robinson, head of mortgages at online mortgage broker Trussle, said: “The pandemic has increased the financial pressure many first-time buyers were already feeling, as well as creating a seismic shift in what people expect from their home.

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“As a result, financial pressures and rising house prices, alongside a desire for more outdoor space, means demand in more affordable rural locations is currently outpacing that for urban destinations.

“But lenders are starting to return to the market with higher LTV products, which could make more expensive homes in the city more accessible again.

“And, we may see renewed interest in city living once the vaccine has been rolled out and things begin to return to normality.

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“As such, only time will tell if the current lust for country properties is a long-term trend or more of a spontaneous response.”

Higher house prices in urban locations are likely to play a huge factor in this trend, with 65% saying it’s ‘impossible’ to get on the housing ladder.

The research found that the average budget for a first home was £174,266.

BY RYAN BEMBRIDGE

Source: Property Wire

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First-time buyers commit to homeownership despite pandemic

The pandemic has strengthened the resolve of first-time buyers who have become more determined to follow their homeownership dreams and save more to get a foot on the housing ladder according to new research.

Three in five (61%) of respondents said that buying a home is more important to them now than it was at the start of the pandemic in March. The research, commissioned by Yorkshire Building Society, shows that over a third expected to buy their home sooner due to the pandemic and nearly half said they had been able to save more for their deposit as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

The research shows that buyers still face challenges when securing their first home. With the average monthly saving for those wanting to buy their first home now standing at £336, Yorkshire Building Society has estimated it will take a single person seven years and five months to save a 15% deposit for the average first-time buyer home, which is valued at £198,512.

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In order to meet the demands for a higher deposit, half of first-time buyers are looking for financial help from relatives. The number seeking support increases to 59% for those buying in the capital.

Ben Merritt, mortgages acquisition manger at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “Getting on the housing ladder seems to be more important now than it ever was. Whether it’s being in shared rented accommodation whilst juggling home and work life, or spending lockdown back in the family home, the pandemic has clearly increased the resolve of first-time buyers who have increased their savings and are more determined than ever to buy their first home.

“It’s a real priority and life ambition for many people, but getting there still remains a challenge which is why we are seeing many lean on relatives for support with deposits. Despite the lower availability of higher LTV products, there are options available to first-time buyers and so it pays to do your research to help you get the support you need.”

Source: Property Wire

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Boris Johnson plans low deposit mortgage scheme

Prime minister Boris Johnson has vowed to create ‘Generation Buy’ with a low deposit mortgage scheme that he says could be ‘revolutionary’ for young people.

First-time buyers have been finding it particularly hard to buy a property since the pandemic began as lenders have cut maximum loan to values (LTVs), meaning they require a bigger deposit to buy a home.

The stamp duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland was also granted to landlords and second home owners, further squeezing those looking to buy their first home as house prices have been pushed up and demand has increased.

In an interview with the Telegraph before the start of the Conservative Party conference, Johnson said a “huge” number of people were excluded from owning a home and he wanted to solve the problem with a mortgage scheme that permitted deposits as little as 5%.

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Speaking to the newspaper he said: “I think a huge, huge number of people feel totally excluded from capitalism, from the idea of home ownership, which is so vital for our society.

“And we’re going to fix that – Generation Buy is what we’re going for.”

According to the report, Johnson has asked his ministers to work on a scheme to encourage the availability of long-term fixed deals with 5% deposit mortgages.

The government withdrew the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme at the end of 2016 which offered lenders the option to obtain a guarantee on a 95% mortgage.

If the borrower defaulted on the loan, the government would share in some of the losses.

In the two years it was available, the scheme helped to more than double the amount of 95% LTV deals available on the market.

Written by: Samantha Partington

Source: Your Money

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Rise in first-time buyers searching for buy-to-let properties

Demand has grown among first-time buyers who want to enter the buy-to-let market, according to Legal & General Mortgage Club.

Data from its mortgage criteria search tool found the search combination for first-time buyer, first-time landlord and non-owner occupier increased by 18 per cent since the start of September.

The mortgage club also found that ‘holiday lets’ was the second most searched for term among advisers this month.

According to Legal & General, its findings showed many first-time property investors were looking to purchase buy-to-let properties in response to an increase in demand from consumers to holiday in the UK, rather than abroad, amid international travel restrictions.

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Kevin Roberts, director at Legal & General Mortgage Club, said: “Despite the impact of coronavirus, we are seeing rising demand across the housing market with buy to let in particular enjoying a mini-boom.

“Our latest findings from SmartrCriteria suggest a growing number of first-time buyers are searching for mortgages for buy-to-let ventures, including those engaging with the growing trend towards staycations this year.”

Mr Roberts added: “Amidst this continued high demand we are seeing in the mortgage market, thousands of borrowers are clearly turning to independent advisers to help them with their plans and these experts are playing a vital role for consumers”.

Akhil Mair, managing director at Our Mortgage Broker, commented: “The data L&G have shared today is a very accurate reflection on the type of business and enquiries we have been receiving in the last few months.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented amount of first-time buyer, first time landlord enquiries, including expat and foreign nationals wishing to invest in the UK property market.”

Mr Mair added the “huge interest” his firm had encountered was due to incentives such as the stamp duty holiday.

By Chloe Cheung

Source: FT Adviser

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Accord launches limited issue 90% LTV range for first-time buyers

Accord Mortgages will return to first-time buyer 90% loan-to-value (LTV) lending for two days only next week.

Between 9am on 7 September and 8pm on 8 September, Accord will offer two house purchase mortgages to first-time buyers only, via brokers.

The first is a 5-year fixed rate at 3.59% at 90% LTV with £495 product fee and free valuation. Available for loans up to £500,000.

The second is a 5-year fixed rate at 3.69% at 90% LTV with £495 product fee and free valuation. Available for loans between £500,001 and £600,000.

Jeremy Duncombe (pictured), director of intermediary distribution at Accord Mortgages, said: “We are keen to support the market and we understand the difficulties lack of supply at 90% LTV is causing for both brokers and their clients, with first-time buyers particularly affected.

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“However, with recent lender announcements and a lack of supply in the wider market for 90% LTV products, we fully expect extremely high levels of interest in these products.

“We’re therefore limiting applications to a two-day window to enable us to deliver the high level of service brokers expect from Accord.

“We know that brokers appreciate clarity, honesty and certainty, particularly in these uncertain times and we believe they’ll appreciate the need for lenders to put in place innovative solutions to deliver on demand in this market.

“By communicating our decision today (Friday), it gives brokers as much notice as possible to talk to clients ahead of Monday’s launch.

“The volume of applications across all LTV tiers in recent weeks has meant we have increased capacity in our underwriting teams, with colleagues working incredibly hard to manage service levels and enable us to relaunch mortgages at 90% LTV.

“In order to provide the best possible service, and to allow us to return to 90% lending as quickly as possible again in the future, we’d ask brokers to work closely with us by using the portal in our MSO system for case updates, checking our website for up-to-date service positions before contacting us, and spending an extra few minutes checking and packaging cases before submitting.”

By Jessica Bird

Source: Mortgage Introducer

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Lockdown results in positive financial impact for a third of first-time buyers

A third of first-time buyers across the country have revealed that the lockdown has resulted in a positive impact on their finances, with this group of property hunters making up a third of those hoping to purchase a property in the next 12 months according to analysis from money.co.uk.

In regards to location, the data shows that over a quarter (28%) of first-time buyers are looking to purchase a home in London in the next year, with Barnet being the most sought after area for Help to Buy purchases. The top five London hotspots for first-time buyers also include Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich.

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Additional insights reveal that the process of taking out a mortgage has become more difficult during the pandemic. Of those who have applied for a mortgage, 44% have claimed that there has been a reduced number of mortgage products available to them.

Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said: “Since the UK went into lockdown in March, we have seen a huge impact on the property sector as a whole. However, following the recent reopening of the market, there has been an increase in the number of people purchasing the properties they had to put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“For those looking to buy, there are currently fewer mortgage products available than pre-COVID-19 but there are still some good deals to be found. With the base rate at a historical low at the moment, prospective buyers should really do their homework and research their options.

“If they have any doubts, they should speak to a mortgage advisor to ensure they are getting the right deal for their personal affordability, and circumstance.”

Source: Property Wire

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Nationwide enhances lending options for first-time buyers

Nationwide Building Society has increased the lending limit for first-time buyers following the government’s temporary changes to stamp duty regulations, to provide further support to them and the housing market.

The lender will offer 90% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages for first-time buyers from Monday 20 July, with no set limit on the number of home loans available.

These will be available direct from Nationwide or via a broker; enhanced criteria will apply.

Existing mortgage members moving home will be able to continue borrowing up to 95% LTV, while for further advances, the maximum has increased to 90% LTV.

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Henry Jordan, director of mortgages at Nationwide Building Society, said: “First-time buyers are vital to breathing life into the housing market and economy.

“We understand one of the biggest barriers to homeownership is raising a deposit.

“As a building society, owned by our members, we are extremely well placed to look at ways of helping people into a home of their own.

“While we will continue to monitor the market carefully, we feel it is the right time to enhance our lending, initially to those looking for their first home.

“We welcome the government’s announcement on stamp duty and hope our combined changes create a positive impact on a market that, despite being in relatively good health, is still recovering.”

Miles Shipside, commercial director and housing market analyst at Rightmove, added: “The ability for lenders to offer lower deposit mortgages to first-time buyers is critical to helping the market recover more quickly.

“The stamp duty holiday is of limited benefit to those first-time buyers who are already exempt from it in many parts of the country, and so Nationwide’s return to 90% loan-to-value is likely to help significantly more for those trying to get their first step on the ladder.

“There’s been record demand for property on Rightmove since the market reopened which has been boosted even further by the stamp duty announcement, all of which should help activity levels over the coming months.”

By Jessica Bird

Source: Mortgage Introducer

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Scottish Building Society scraps deposits for first-time buyers

Scottish Building Society are helping first-time buyers by scrapping deposits on new-build mortgages.

Under the Scottish government’s First Home Fund, prospective homeowners trying to get on the property ladder need to find a minimum of 5%.

However, the society has agreed to accept the 5% from house builders, removing the need for buyers to find the cash for a deposit.

Paul Denton, CEO at the Scottish Building Society, said: “As we seek to rebuild the economy post-COVID-19, it is important that as many people as possible have access to affordable housing.

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“We were proud to be one of the first lenders to take applications for the Scottish government’s First Home Fund. Getting a deposit together is the main barrier for customers trying to get on the property ladder; in some cases, one that has been exacerbated by the impact of lockdown on personal finances.

“Removing the requirement for buyers to find that 5% is good news for buyers and good news for a housing industry that is vital for Scotland’s future economic prosperity.

“This is a small but life-changing step and we would welcome further Government initiatives, such as a freeze in land tax, to accelerate the recovery.”

The First Home Fund was launched by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to make the housing market fairer by providing a total of £150m until March 2021, helping at least 6,000 people buy their first home.

All first-time buyers in Scotland can apply for an interest-free loan of up to £25,000 towards the cost of a home, if at least 25% of the property cost is covered by a mortgage.

By Ryan Fowler

Source: Mortgage Introducer