Help to Buy making biggest impact on the under-30s
"The scheme will help to stimulate the UK housing market over the
short term like a shot of adrenalin"
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Monday 07 October 2013
Around 65% adults aged under 30 plan to buy their first home or move house by the end of 2016, the lifetime of Help to Buy, according to Mortgage Advice Bureau.
Its report suggests that almost one in three 18-29s are more likely to buy a new build home using the new government support compared with 13 per cents of all adults.
The findings also show that homeownership remains a goal for nearly four in five UK adults. According to Zoopla, there are 665,000 properties on the market that are eligible for the scheme. It also estimates that it will enable people to buy a home with a deposit of under £10,000 in six out of ten regions across England and Wales.
"It’s clear that consumers are crying out for better access to mortgages and the second part of Help to Buy, the mortgage guarantee, brings existing properties into play alongside newly built homes," said Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau. "It means the appeal of government support will extend to a wider audience which can only help towards fulfilling homeowning ambitions.
"Raising a deposit is the biggest challenge buyers face and the guarantee will help them over this initial hurdle, leaving them with monthly payments they can afford. It will also mean homeowners with limited equity have better prospects of moving up the property ladder, which in turn frees up more homes for first time buyers.”
Peter Rollings, CEO of Marsh & Parsons said: "The scheme will help to stimulate the UK housing market over the short term like a shot of adrenalin. Outside London the market desperately needs this impetus as prices have risen anaemically for some time but in real terms they haven’t risen for a number of years. But in London over the last 12 months we have seen price increases of between 10 and 15 per cent.
"Yet the capital needs this stimulus to free up mid-ladder buyers who want to become first time sellers. This will create a much healthier balance between supply and demand and it’s these buyers who need help to meet often stringent lending criteria of the banks."
However, according to housing charity Shelter the new policy will not help households earning between £20,000 and £40,000.
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