At a time when younger people are finding it harder than ever to buy their first home, it’s not exactly a surprise to find out that many of them are relying on family support to make buying a property a reality.
Experian research has found that over a quarter (27%) of Britons aged 55+ have provided support to their children or others to help them buy their own property – regardless of how financially comfortable they are, and a significant proportion (15%) of those people say they are ‘not at all’ financially comfortable.
It’s a far cry from how things once were. 60% of 55s and over who have ever owned their own home paid £20,000 (that figure, in 1986, would be around £54,000 in today’s money) or less for their first home, compared to recent figures showing the UK average cost of smaller homes today as £182,926.
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There are many challenges faced by first time buyers trying to get on the housing ladder, particularly for those without the help of the Bank of Mum and Dad.
First time buyers should not lose hope, however, as there are now a wide range of affordable housing schemes to help people get onto the housing ladder and progress to a larger property. These include:
Are you one of the many homeowners that might be affected by a rise in your mortgage rate?
It’s been a long time coming, but after almost six years many experts believe an interest rate rise is coming some time soon. Since March 2009 the Bank of England rate has stood at a record low of 0.5%, having been as high as 4.5% just five months earlier in October 2008.