first time buyers

First-time buyers borrowing more and for longer

The latest research by Birmingham estate and lettings agent, Barrows and Forrester , has revealed that while first-time buyers face the biggest financial hurdle to homeownership causing them to borrow more, it’s existing homebuyers that are now more stretched when it comes to their earnings and the amount they are required to borrow.

Barrows and Forrester analysed data from the...

The areas where FTBs will now pay stamp duty thanks to a holiday house price increase

The latest property market analysis by London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves , has revealed that a high rate of house price growth caused by the stamp duty holiday will now see some first-time buyers pay stamp duty on their purchase as a result of the average house price exceeding the stamp duty free threshold of £300,000.

Prior to the government’s decision to grant a...

First-time property buyers worse off due to stamp duty holiday property

First-time property buyers £25k worse off thanks to stamp duty holiday

Research by the estate agent comparison site, , reveals that the stamp duty holiday has increased the price of first-time buyer homes by an average of 11.7% in England in the last year, and by as much as 31.5% in some areas of the country.

The stamp duty holiday was introduced as a financial incentive to keep the housing market buoyant during the pandemic and thus...

Mortgage deals back to pre-pandemic levels: Expert tips on how first time buyers can find the right one

Taking that first step onto the property ladder is much easier if you know exactly what help is available to you and where to find the best mortgage deals.

Following the news that the number of mortgage products on the market are back to pre-pandemic levels after the co, Nisha Vaidya, a mortgage expert at , has compiled a quick and simple guide on everything you might need to know...

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A THIRD of first-time buyers admit to breaking the law and lying about their income, when applying for a financial product, in order to get a higher credit limit.

However, lying on the application for a financial product, such as a store (credit) card or for a short-term loan, is illegal and could also lead to many Brits facing a large amount of debt they can’t afford to pay back....

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Where can British first-time buyers get the best deals?

Research from the national estate agent, Keller Williams UK , has revealed where the most and least affordable British locations are for first-time buyers in each region of the British property market.

First-time buyers are in a tricky situation at the moment. The pandemic and the government’s subsequent intervention in the British housing market, such as the SDLT holiday, has...

Over a third of first-time buyers struggle to raise funds to get on the property ladder

But new CreditLadder and Equifax research finds that new 5% deposit scheme could be the key to the door for 33% of first-time buyers

As the average first-time buyers’ deposit [1] reaches nearly £59,000, £12,000 more than a year ago, new research [2] conducted by CreditLadder and Equifax found lack of savings for a deposit is preventing over a third (34%) of first-time buyers getting...

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Home-buying plans on hold for 1 in 5 UK adults

  • 7 in 10 would-be first-time buyers had to rethink their plans in 2020
  • 10.5 million(1) UK people put house-buying plans on hold in 2020
  • People anticipate delaying their home-buying plans by 16 months on average
  • 2 million people bought a home unexpectedly in 2020, but only 13% due to stamp duty break

Almost one in three UK adults...

Help to buy

Changes to help to buy - What buyers need to know

The Government-backed Help to Buy scheme has helped over 270,000 new home buyers since it was introduced in 2013. However, from 1st April this year, the scheme is changing. Emma Cotterill, regional sales and marketing director for Kier Living Western, explains what local buyers need to know.

Help to Buy was introduced to help new home purchasers with deposit funds. Initially open to...