The annual ‘Beyond the Bricks’ survey from HSBC has revealed that sentiment among the UK’s prospective first-time-buyers is starting to show cracks as the average age people expect to get onto the property ladder rises to 39-years old.
The data shows (with little surprise) that in a bid to make a mortgage more affordable, both the length of mortgage term being taken and the Loan to Value, have also increased significantly. It also shows the benefits being seen by First time Buyers (FTB’s) as a result of the Government’s soon-to-end Help To Buy (HTB) ISA scheme.
According to the figures, more than half of those looking to buy their first home already have a family to support; and two thirds of people (64%) wanting to buy expect to buy with someone else, with one in ten having to club together with a friend or family member to get on the ladder.
Since January 2018 the average length of mortgage taken out by first time buyers has increased by three and a half years, and now sits at 332 months (or 27-years 8 months). FTBs are now, on average, taking out mortgages for six years longer than those already on the property ladder and the average LTV for first-time purchases has increased from 72% LTV to 81% in under a year and a half.
Aaron Shinwell, HSBC UK’s Interim Head of Mortgages and Savings said, “It is encouraging to see recent figures showing that first time buyer activity is increasing. We have worked hard over recent years to provide first time buyers with options to help them buy a property, including introducing 95% LTV mortgages, increasing our maximum mortgage term to 35 years, and an attractive Help To Buy: ISA interest rate. With the scheme no longer accepting new applications after November, opening an account before that could make a real difference to when a FTB gets the keys to their first home.
“It is a concern, however, that the expectation of first time buyers is that they will not be able to get on the property ladder until they are forty years old, especially as more than half of those looking to get on the property ladder already have children to support. We’re committed to supporting FTBs so the old adage ‘life begins at forty’, doesn’t become synomymous with buying a first home.
“With almost four in five first time buyers using a broker it’s been an important part of our strategy to provide more brokers with access to our great value products and services. We recently announced our 100th broker partnership, and now we are already up to 110, giving over 13,500 broker access to our mortgages, while simplifying our processes to help brokers help their clients buy their first home.”