Property News - Average First Time Buyer mortgage deposit now just £10,536



Posted on Monday, March 8, 2021

In last week’s Budget, the government announced a guarantee to lenders offering mortgages to homebuyers with just a 5% deposit requirement up to the sum of £600,000. 

Research by lettings and estate agent, Barrows and Forrester, has looked at what this means for first-time buyers (FTBs) across Great Britain, based on the cost of a 5% deposit on the average first-time buyer house price in each region. 

Great Britain

The average first-time buyer house price in Great Britain currently sits at £210,727 meaning that British FTBs would need to save just £10,536 for a 5% deposit, compared to the usual 15% average of £31,609. 

Regional Difference

The North East remains home to the lowest average FTB property cost at just £120,953, meaning a 5% deposit will now require a saving pot of just £6,048 compared to £18,143 previously.

In contrast, London is home to the highest FTB house price at £431,160 and, as a result, the largest cost of a 5% mortgage deposit (£21,558). That said, the positive news for FTBs in the capital is the availability of a 5% deposit will see them benefit from the biggest reduction in mortgage deposit costs, down a huge £43,116 from £64,674.

Most Affordable 

The most affordable area across the entire UK is Inverclyde in Scotland. With £87,827 paid by FTBs in the area, they will now be able to obtain a mortgage for a deposit as little as £4,391. 

The North

Burnley (£4,406) in the North West and County Durham (£4,998) in the North East are both home to the lowest cost for a 5% mortgage in their respective regions.

Wales and the Midlands

Blaenau Gwent is home to the lowest initial financial barrier in Wales, with a 5% mortgage deposit costing a mere £5,156. In Yorkshire and The Humber, the City of Kingston upon Hull (£5,320) is the most affordable, while Stoke-on-Trent (£5,620) in West Midlands and Mansfield (£6,530) in the East Midlands also rank as the most affordable within their regions. 

The South

It’s no surprise that the costs start to increase slightly the closer we get to London. Although still relatively affordable, Great Yarmouth in the East of England is home to an average FTB house price of £154,614, requiring a 5% mortgage deposit of £7,731. 

In the South West, the City of Plymouth (£8,161) is home to the lowest 5% mortgage deposit, while in the South East it’s Southampton (£9,610).

Finally, London's Barking and Dagenham ranks as the city’s most affordable area where the cost of a 5% FTB mortgage is concerned. That said, FTBs in the borough will still need to stump up £15,035.

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, who runs property businesses in Birmingham & Lichfield commented:

“We’ve seen numerous schemes targeted at helping first-time buyers get on the ladder in recent years and rightly so. The cost of homeownership has spiralled drastically across Britain in the last 30 years and so it’s vital we do all we can to address this issue of affordability and remain a nation of homeowners. 

The great news is, that with a 5% mortgage deposit, the initial financial barrier of securing a mortgage will now be far lower than it previously was.

However, the latest scheme could have potentially detrimental effects, resulting in house prices climbing further out of reach for homebuyers. 

Allowing every man, woman and their dog to buy with a 5% deposit is almost certainly going to push up demand. Unfortunately, the government has yet again opted to turn their back where house building is concerned. 

The dangerous consequence of fuelling demand while neglecting stock delivery is always an inflated rate of house price growth and so in this respect, it could be a very counterproductive initiative indeed.”

Read our coverage of the budget and what this means for the local property market here.

Table shows the cost of a 5% deposit for a mortgage on the current first-time buyer house price in each region

 

Location

Average FTB house price - Dec 2020

5% deposit

15% deposit

Saving

 

North East

£120,953

£6,048

£18,143

£12,095

 

Scotland

£131,034

£6,552

£19,655

£13,103

 

North West

£154,175

£7,709

£23,126

£15,418

 

Yorkshire and The Humber

£156,387

£7,819

£23,458

£15,639

 

Wales

£159,106

£7,955

£23,866

£15,911

 

West Midlands Region

£180,558

£9,028

£27,084

£18,056

 

East Midlands

£180,670

£9,034

£27,101

£18,067

 

South West

£231,541

£11,577

£34,731

£23,154

 

East of England

£257,493

£12,875

£38,624

£25,749

 

South East

£271,016

£13,551

£40,652

£27,102

 

London

£431,160

£21,558

£64,674

£43,116

 

England

£224,560

£11,228

£33,684

£22,456

 

Great Britain

£210,727

£10,536

£31,609

£21,073

 

Sources

Gov.uk - UK House Price Index

Gov.uk - Budget 2021

 
           

Table shows the top 3 most affordable areas in each region of Britain based on the cost of a 5% FTB mortgage deposit

Region

Location

Average FTB house price - Dec 2020

5% deposit

15% deposit

Saving

East Midlands

Mansfield

£130,593

£6,530

£19,589

£13,059

East Midlands

Bolsover

£133,366

£6,668

£20,005

£13,337

East Midlands

Lincoln

£142,035

£7,102

£21,305

£14,203

East of England

Great Yarmouth

£154,614

£7,731

£23,192

£15,461

East of England

City of Peterborough

£164,740

£8,237

£24,711

£16,474

East of England

Fenland

£169,555

£8,478

£25,433

£16,955

London

Barking and Dagenham

£300,706

£15,035

£45,106

£30,071

London

Bexley

£315,347

£15,767

£47,302

£31,535

London

Croydon

£321,614

£16,081

£48,242

£32,161

North East

Hartlepool

£91,691

£4,585

£13,754

£9,169

North East

County Durham

£99,964

£4,998

£14,995

£9,996

North East

Middlesbrough

£102,224

£5,111

£15,334

£10,222

North West

Burnley

£88,125

£4,406

£13,219

£8,813

North West

Hyndburn

£95,136

£4,757

£14,270

£9,514

North West

Pendle

£96,308

£4,815

£14,446

£9,631

Scotland

Inverclyde

£87,827

£4,391

£13,174

£8,783

Scotland

East Ayrshire

£89,814

£4,491

£13,472

£8,981

Scotland

North Ayrshire

£93,571

£4,679

£14,036

£9,357

South East

Southampton

£192,209

£9,610

£28,831

£19,221

South East

Hastings

£197,204

£9,860

£29,581

£19,720

South East

Isle of Wight

£197,544

£9,877

£29,632

£19,754

South West

City of Plymouth

£163,210

£8,161

£24,482

£16,321

South West

Gloucester

£180,207

£9,010

£27,031

£18,021

South West

Torbay

£182,450

£9,122

£27,367

£18,245

Wales

Blaenau Gwent

£103,118

£5,156

£15,468

£10,312

Wales

Merthyr Tydfil

£105,269

£5,263

£15,790

£10,527

Wales

Rhondda Cynon Taf

£116,596

£5,830

£17,489

£11,660

West Midlands Region

Stoke-on-Trent

£112,401

£5,620

£16,860

£11,240

West Midlands Region

Wolverhampton

£144,406

£7,220

£21,661

£14,441

West Midlands Region

Newcastle-under-Lyme

£147,824

£7,391

£22,174

£14,782

Yorkshire and The Humber

City of Kingston upon Hull

£106,394

£5,320

£15,959

£10,639

Yorkshire and The Humber

North East Lincolnshire

£120,282

£6,014

£18,042

£12,028

Yorkshire and The Humber

Barnsley

£125,231

£6,262

£18,785

£12,523

Sources

Gov.uk - UK House Price Index

Gov.uk - Budget 2021






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