Average first-time buyer deposit has increased by more than £10,000
By |Published On: 17th August 2022|

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Average first-time buyer deposit has increased by more than £10,000

By |Published On: 17th August 2022|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

The latest market analysis from estate and lettings agent Barrows and Forrester found that the initial cost of a mortgage deposit has climbed by 41% in the last decade.

Barrows and Forrester analysed the current cost of a deposit for a first-time buyer, based on 15% of the current first-time buyer house price. They then looked at how this cost has changed since 2012, calculating the cost of a deposit a decade ago once adjusting for inflation.

The research shows that in 2012, the average first-time buyer house price was £141,572, requiring a 15% mortgage deposit of £21,236, or £24,660 when adjusting for inflation.

The cost of a first home has climbed to £231,917, with the average deposit sitting at £34,787. This is a £10,127 jump, increasing by 41% in the last decade.

James Forrester, Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, comments: “The outlook is currently a very bleak one for those yet to secure that first foot on the property ladder. House prices have soared over the last 10 years, let alone during the pandemic, and so the initial financial hurdle of a mortgage deposit is far, far higher than it was in 2012.

“At the same time, earnings have failed to keep pace, with a sustained period of record low interest rates also making the task of saving a deposit extremely difficult.

“While our savings may now accumulate a greater level of interest with the base rate increasing, the downside is the cost of securing and repaying a mortgage is also starting to climb considerably. 

“So even those that are able to make it to that first rung of the ladder will now find their household income stretched even further due to higher mortgage rates.”

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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