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First-time buyer deposits increase 17 per cent in last year

Written by: Shekina Tuahene
Despite rising house prices, first-timers are managing to put down significant deposits when they buy a home
First-time buyer deposits increase 17 per cent in last year

The average deposit amount for a first-time buyer stands at £30,945, a 17 per cent increase over the last 12 months.

According to the latest figures from Experian’s Credit Barometer, the average amount people said they had saved for their deposit in July 2018 stood at £26,498. This suggests that those looking for a mortgage are having to save an increasing amount to secure their first home.

The latest barometer also suggested that borrowers “remained watchful” against a backdrop of uncertainty, as fixed rate mortgages continued to be the most popular choice.

Some 88 per cent of mortgage applicants searched for a fixed rate mortgage in July 2019, compared to six per cent for a variable and five per cent for a tracker mortgage.

Amid uncertainty, and almost a year on from when it was first raised, the Bank of England yesterday announced that its base rate will be held at 0.75 per cent.

First-timer demand high

First-time buyer demand for mortgages remained relatively high in July 2019.

Over half of all mortgage searches through Experian’s services in July were from this group, with 17 per cent of searches for a mortgage for their next home and 27 per cent for a remortgage.

Amir Goshtai, managing director of Experian Marketplace and Affinity, said: “Our barometer shows it continues to remain challenging for younger people to get their first foot onto the property ladder with deposits continuing to grow, which means finding the right mortgage deal to make the most of their deposit is crucial.

“Low interest rates and falling house prices in certain areas mean now is an optimum time for first-time buyers and homemovers alike to make sure they get the best mortgage deal. Fixed rate mortgages remain a popular option with the British public as people look for stability and security in fixed monthly payments.”

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