First-time Buyers

Homebuyers face three-year wait to purchase a property

Christina Hoghton
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Christina Hoghton

A raft of homebuying barriers mean those wanting to get on the ladder face a long wait

The average wait for homebuyers is 3.2 years, according to research by Gocompare.

The website said that the biggest barriers to buying or moving home are high property prices, affording a deposit and meeting other associated costs.

Over half (51%) of Brits are considering buying their first home or moving house. But, high property values in the area they want to move to, along with the associated home-buying costs, mean that most (61%) are unlikely to move in the next 12 months.

Those considering buying or moving home have been thinking of doing so for an average of 3.2 years but have been prevented by a range of barriers. These include:

  • High property prices in the area they want to buy (22%)
  • Getting enough money together for a deposit (18%)
  • The associated costs of buying a property and moving (11%)
  • A lack of availability of property in the area they wish to live (11%)
  • Job or income insecurity (10%).

Age concerns

While high property prices are a key obstacle for all would-be home movers, other difficulties varied considerably with age. For example, 45-54 year olds cite a poor credit history or credit score (14%) and job/income insecurity among their top three barriers to buying or moving home.

For those in the 55-64 and 65+ age brackets, the main obstacle they face is a lack of availability of the type of housing they wish to move to in the area they want to live in.

Matt Sanders, spokesman for Mortgages said: “Affordability is a big concern for both first-time buyers and those wishing to move-up the property ladder. According to the Office for National Statistics, house prices are continuing to increase due to rising demand and a lack of supply. The average house price in the UK now stands at £288,000 and with house price inflation exceeding wage growth it’s even harder to save enough money for a deposit – potentially putting homeownership out of reach for many people.

“But there is some good news. Recently there has been a resurgence in the number of lenders offering low-deposit mortgages. Most lenders now have a mortgage product aimed at homebuyers with a deposit of 10% of the purchase price of their property and, subject to stricter eligibility criteria, some lenders offer 5% deposit mortgages.”