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FTBs being squeezed out of market

Ryan Fowler

July 21, 2014

The NAEA’s June Housing Market Report shows that the number of first-time buyers dropped to 20%, down from 25% in May 2014 (a 20%), the lowest level recorded since May 2013.

The first-time buyer struggle is reflected in the age of this month’s house buyers, as those aged 18 to 30 represented just 3% of all house sales in June, the lowest percentage of young house buyers recorded by the NAEA to-date.

Nearly 80% of NAEA member agents believe the recent announcement by the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, on the cap on high-risk mortgages, which will see only 15% of new mortgages at 4.5 times a borrower’s income, will affect the number of first-time buyers and home owners looking to move.

Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents, said: “Things are getting even tougher for first-time buyers.

“Not only do you now need to stump up ridiculously large sums of money in terms of deposits and stamp duty to be able to get on the ladder, but new rules mean buyers will also have to prove they can easily afford repayments now and in the future.

“Alongside this, a scaling back of the governments Help to Buy scheme and the implementation of the MMR in April will also have a significantly negative impact on the first time buyer market. ”

There is some good news in this month’s NAEA housing report, as June saw an increase in the average number of properties available per NAEA member branch.

Available properties increased to an average of 46 compared to 44 in May 2014. The number of properties available per member branch is still historically low, and has not reached above 50 per month since November 2013, and above 60 since May 2013.

The average number of house hunters registering with NAEA agents decreased slightly in June, from an average of 374 house hunters in May to 371 in June.

However, NAEA member agents also reported a decrease in the average number of sales agreed per branch, down from ten in May to nine in June.


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