More than half of UK First Time Buyers try before they buy



More than half of UK First Time Buyers try before they buy

It may be one of life's milestones, but new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has revealed that more than half of the UKís first time buyers now try before they buy when it comes to owning their first home.

The annual survey found that more than half (54%) of the nationís first time buyers rent before they take the house buying plunge. A further 35% stay with family and 6% rent but move back to the family home to save for a deposit. The same survey last year revealed that 67% of first time buyers in the UK were waiting longer than planned to buy their first home with more than half of those surveyed revealing it had taken up to 3 years longer than anticipated.

There is a clear financial benefit with almost two fifths (39%) of those at home claiming to live rent free. Some 61% pay rent every month and a further 21% make a contribution through helping at home, paying bills or buying food for the household. Interestingly 80% of Scots living at home pay rent compared to just 46% of those in London.

Region    % who stay at home and pay rent

Scotland          80%
South West     74%
South East      68%
Wales              67%
East                 64%
North East      63%
North West     62%
Yorkshire         62%
UK average     61%
Midlands         53%
London            46%

The majority (56%) of first time buyers said they feel pressure to buy their own home and this is felt most keenly amongst those renting a property (62%). There were stark regional variances with almost two thirds (65%) of first time buyers in London admitting to pressure to take their first step onto the property ladder. This compared to just 37% in the North East.

Steve Fletcher, Head of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Retail Network, said: " We know that first time buyers face a number of pressures and challenges and are focused on providing support throughout the process from helping to save for a deposit to finding the right mortgage to suit different needs and budgets. Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks are offering first time buyer mortgages with a 5% deposit and we are proud that we were one of only a handful of lenders who continued to support this market throughout the economic downturn."

First time buyers with a deposit from as little as 5% can apply for a first time buyer mortgage and receive the benefit of no arrangement fee, £250 cashback and one free home valuation.  The Banks offer a three year fixed rate of 3.59% with 90% LTV or 4.89% for a three year fixed with a LTV of 95%.

For further information on first time buyer mortgages or other available products, customers can visit any branch, contact 0800 202 122 (Yorkshire Bank), 0800 222 426 (Clydesdale Bank), (opening hours 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun.) or visit for Clydesdale Bank or for Yorkshire Bank.