Almost three quarters of UK first time buyers want a house, not a flat

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The majority of first time buyers in the UK are seeking to buy a house rather than a flat, new research has found. Traditionally the way onto the housing ladder has been to buy a flat and then progress onto the second step with a house but today’s first time buyers think otherwise. The research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks shows that currently 72% of first time buyers want a house and this figure is up considerably on last year when only 57% of first time buyers said they wanted a house rather than a flat. The 28% who said they preferred a flat this year is significantly down on 2014 when 43% of UK first time buyers were aiming to buy a flat rather than a house. ‘Our research has underlined the changing expectations of first time buyers and a combination of factors such as people entering the property market at an older age and homeowners staying in their home for a longer length of time is having an impact on the preferred type of home for first time buyers,’ said Steve Fletcher, director of retail banking. The research also highlighted that only Londoners are opting for flats when taking their first step onto the property ladder reflecting the high property prices, availability of housing stock and distinct challenges of buying a home in the capital. The London market shows a stark contrast to the 92% of those surveyed in Yorkshire and 90% in the Midlands who wanted a house rather than sampling apartment living. ‘We recognise everyone has their own particular needs and requirements and that’s why at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks we focus on helping customers find the best way to buy their dream property, leaving them to concentrate on what matters most to them such as the location and whether it is a three bedroom home or a one bedroom flat,’ added Fletcher. The banks have a range of competitive mortgages including a 90% LTV mortgage fixed at 3.59% for three years and a 95% LTV mortgage fixed at 4.89% for three years. Continue reading →

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