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First house buyer at the highest stage since 2007, Halifax says
According to the Halifax study, there were more first-time purchasers in 2016 than ever before since the beginning of the global economic downturn. Lenders estimate that there were 335,750 first-time purchasers last year, the highest since 359,900 in 2007. Since 2007, however, the initial investment has more than more than doubled to more than £32,000.
Halifax also found the median value of a first house to break through the 200,000 pound mark for the first time. The Halifax home economics expert Martin Ellis blamed the rise in the number of first-time home purchasers on persistently low mortgages and high job creation figures, which had "supported" the markets. "State programs like Help to Buy have increased affordable prices so more first-time shoppers can buy their own property."
Halifax First-Time Buyer Review estimates that the number of shoppers that enter the store increased by 7.3% last year and is now 75% above the historic low of 192,300 first-time sales in 2008. Mean initial deposits in the UK a decade ago were £15,168 but this was £32,321 last year.
Increasing real estate values also mean that first-time purchasers are taking out longer and longer term loans. In the last year, 60% of first-time purchasers have taken out a 25 year or longer loan. Whereas the median purchase in 2016 by a first-time purchaser across the UK was a all-time high of 205,170 pounds, the London equivalent of 402,692 pounds was almost twice as high as in the past.
For the least costly Northern Ireland area, the median price for a first home was £115,269. In Northern Ireland the median level of deposits has dropped by one fifth in a ten year period to 16,695, the UK's lowes. In the meantime, the London stock has risen by 276% to £100,445.