First Time Buyers More Than £700 A Year Better Off Than Those Who Rent
23 Feb 2015

When it comes to buying new, it can be a massive step if you are a first time buyer.

But according to the latest research, first time buyers in the UK are £742 a year better off than those who rent.

The figures from the Halifax are based on the average monthly buying cost (including mortgage payments) for a FTB purchasing a three-bedroom property at £6,582 (December 2014).

This is some £62 lower than the typical monthly rent - £7,203 – paid on the same property.

The latest information – coupled with recent research suggesting a seven-year high in the number of first time buyers – puts those looking to step into the housing ladder firmly in the driving seat.

And there are plenty of opportunities offered by developers like Linden Homes Midlands – who are able to help first time buyers achieve the goal of a new dream home, and curb the cost of moving.

Linden Homes Midlands’ sales manager Bev Bray said: “This latest report on first time buyer activity does make interesting and encouraging reading.

“We have long been saying that investing in bricks and mortar is more financially viable than renting – although we do understand the reasons for opting to live in rented accommodation in some cases.

“However, if the end result clearly demonstrates that buying over renting saves money, then this has to be the best option for the customer.”

And being able to offer the Help to Buy scheme means that Linden Homes can continue to meet the growing needs, and ease the financial burden, of those looking to step onto the housing ladder.

With a portfolio of properties, there is something for every budget, taste and living requirement at Linden Homes’ range of developments.

And with the scheme available at many existing and coming soon developments around Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, now is the perfect time to think about moving with assistance from Help to Buy.

Here’s how it works:

  • Help to buy is available on new build homes up to £600,000
  • Purchasers need a minimum five per cent deposit.
  • All homebuyers could be eligible, not just first-time buyers.
  • The government will lend you up to 20 per cent of the value of your new build property through an equity loan, which can be repaid at any time or on the sale of your home. This loan is not available on second hand homes.
  • Buyers will only need to secure up to a 75 per cent mortgage from a bank or building society.

Case study:

First time buyers Joe and Rebecca Moyes recently moved into their brand new three-bedroom semi detached home, after living in rented accommodation and then with parents, in their efforts to save for a deposit.

The couple had their hearts set on a new build property, and with the Help to Buy scheme meaning they only had to find a five per cent deposit to secure their dream home, they were able to reserve with Linden Homes.

Joe and Rebecca say that Help to Buy has enabled them to buy a property big enough for them to raise a family in.

Rebecca said: “We probably would have looked at buying a flat without the scheme, which would have been a much shorter term prospect for us. Now we feel set up, comfortably, for the future.”


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