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First Time Buyers Save for 11 Years to Purchase a Property on the Open Market

Posted: 16 May 2018

Category: General

Hashtags: #New Home   #First Time Buyer   

Find out how this impacts buying your first home

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New research has been published showing that on average first time buyers could take over 11 years to save the required deposit for a one-bedroom home in London. This is a daunting statistic for many first time buyers looking to step on to the property ladder.


Share to Buy have recently orchestrated research, which shows that the median income of a first timer buyer in London is £66,111. This is more than three times the average UK salary.


Despite the increased average wage in the capital, the typical deposit for a studio or one-bed apartment is £77,407. This figure jumps to £112,555 for a three-bedroom home.

As a result, many of those wanting a first home are unable to save a deposit of this size.


With only a third of first time buyers reporting that they received a proportion of their savings as a gift or loan from friends or family, the gap between savings and a deposit is too wide to bridge for the vast majority.


Without the assistance of Shared Ownership, buying a property is seemingly only available to the elite earners within the capital.


With these figures, home ownership is at worst, unachievable, or at best, a long way off, unless you have the assistance of Shared Ownership.


With Shared Ownership, first time buyers have the opportunity to purchase a percentage share of their first home property, starting from 25%. There’s also the prospect of owning up to 100% of your property outright with our Staircasing initiative.


Nick Lieb, Head of Operations at Share to Buy, concludes: Our figures show that schemes such as Shared Ownership really are the most achievable, and perhaps only route onto the housing ladder for many first time buyers.


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