Number of first time buyers hits a ten year high

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23 Feb 2018

Number of first-time buyers hits 10-year high

Author: Antony Gibson

More people are getting on the property ladder than at any time since 2007, with 359,000 first-time buyers making a purchase in 2017.

New figures from Halifax reveal a sharp increase from the 339,600 people who bought their first home in 2016 and show 2017 levels were only just short of the 2007 peak of 359,900.

The average first-time purchase is now worth £278,749 compared with £199,894 ten years ago, while the age of an average first-time buyer has risen from 29 to 31 in the same period.

Antony Gibson, Sales Managing Director at Romans says: “Market conditions have become significantly more favourable for first-time buyers in the last year and this is reflected in a sharp increase in the number of people buying their first home.

“The government’s decision to scrap stamp duty for first purchases of up to £300,000 has reduced the cost of getting on the ladder by thousands of pounds and made it a more realistic prospect for a huge number of people.

“In addition, low mortgage rates, high employment and Help to Buy have all supported young people in getting on the ladder. As such, I expect the trend for rising numbers of first-time buyers to continue through 2018 and beyond.

“First-time buyers are incredibly important to the overall housing market as they allow existing owners to sell up and take their second step. Despite a lack of supply, the fact first-time buyers are increasing in number is extremely positive.”

For more information or advice on getting on the property ladder contact your local Romans branch.

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