Will Help Turn Tenants Into Buyers?

The stamp duty holiday scheme has been of significant help to many people in the housing market, but not first-time buyers. Many FTBs have felt overlooked in the property market, but at their recent party conference, the Conservative Party have claimed they will usher in new assistance for first-time buyers.

Boris Johnson announced plans for a new scheme to help people arrange long-term fixed rate mortgages for up to 95% of their home’s value.

What help might be on offer?

Zoopla have classed the key points from the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference as:

  • The Prime Minister has promised to increase the availability of mortgages for buyers with small deposits
  • The government believes it will enable an additional two million people to buy a property
  • Johnson said it would represent the biggest expansion of homeownership since the 1980s

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, comments: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments today which shows a positive change in tone by promoting a generation of renters to become a generation of buyers. We encourage lenders to come on board and support this initiative to enable first time buyers to enter the property market by future proofing the financial burden many face. We want to see intent become action quickly so that first time buyers can make the most of the current stamp duty holiday and continue to stimulate the housing market.”

Industry experts have their say

Craig McKinlay, New Business Director at Kensington Mortgages, comments: “The ‘Generation Buy’ scheme will be, in effect, a replacement for Help to Buy. Only a few lenders are dipping in and out of the high LTV market at present with ‘flash sales’ due to sheer demand – so this should reassure some lenders to enter more permanently and support first-time buyers.”

Craig also said; “However, for others, the scheme could lead to further capacity issues for those being selective with their offering to manage demand. On the whole though, like the introduction of Help to Buy in 2013 helped boost confidence and ease lenders back into the small deposit market, we hope this scheme will do the same.”

James Forrester, Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, comments: “Today’s (6th October) announcement will no doubt excite a nation of aspirational homebuyers who have already been sent into a frenzy over the prospect of paying no stamp duty. However, for Boris Johnson to claim this will help fix our broken housing market is not only laughable but quite frankly an insult to those who find themselves priced out of homeownership. The cause of the dire situation we find ourselves in is the Government’s sustained failure to build enough affordable housing year in, year out.”

James also said; “The inadequate supply of housing to meet demand is one of the driving factors that has caused house prices to spiral and to continue to mask this failure by further fuelling demand is irresponsible. Instead, their time would be better spent reallocating wrongly classified green belt land so it can be utilised for housing and preventing the big housebuilders from drip-feeding housing supply in order to keep their profits up.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

 

First Time Buyers Market Share Rose In June

Whether you are a buyer or seller, you will have an interest in how first-time buyers are faring. If you are a first-time buyer, you hope to see favourable market conditions. If you are another type of buyer, improvements for first-time buyers could lead you to facing increased competition in the marketplace. If you are selling your home, you want to see more buyers in the market and the increased presence of first-time buyers may be of benefit to you.

No matter what you are looking to achieve in the property market, Williams of Petersfield is here to assist you.

Many are happy to see an increase in first-time buyers in the market

Information contained with the e.surv Mortgage Monitor suggests that for June of 2018, first-time buyers accounted for 23.4% of the market, which is an increase on the 22.4% of the market in May of this year. While this isn’t a significant increase and it is best to be wary about jumping to conclusions on monthly changes, anything which suggests that the number of first-time buyers is increasing will be positive for many people.

It is natural that first-time buyers will be pleased by this increase but if you are looking to sell your home, an increase in first-time buyers is likely to be positive news. Anything which suggests that there are willing buyers in the market and more people are stepping on to the property ladder should be a positive move forward for the market.

Changes in the mortgage market impact on many people

There was also an increase in the volume of larger deposit borrowers, which represents those with mortgages which account for up to 60% of the loan-to-value, and this moved from 32.8% to 32.9% over the month. The mid-market, which represents those putting down up to 25%, fell from 44.8% to 43.7% over the course of May to June.

UK first time buyers

In total, there were 66,345 mortgages approved for June and there have been many lenders across the country offering low rates for lenders. Not everyone is pleased with this and on social media you will find many people criticising lenders for offering mortgage deals which were last seen before the financial crash. However, if you are looking for a mortgage and have struggled to find the solution that is right for your needs, it is likely that you will be pleased to see that there are more options. Also, if you are selling your home, you will be pleased to learn that there are more options for buyers in obtaining a mortgage and this will hopefully improve circumstances for people selling their property in the UK.

At Williams of Petersfield, we know how challenging the property market is, no matter what you are looking to achieve. If you need support or guidance with your next move, contact Williams of Petersfield and we will be happy to help. Whether you are selling your home, or you want to step on or move on to the property ladder, we are here to help.