Lloyds Lend a Hand scheme reaches £125m
Lloyds launched the scheme two years ago to support first-time buyers and help local authorities get the housing market moving in their area.
To date these partnerships have helped more than 1,100 first-time buyers take their first step on the property ladder with almost £125m lent in mortgages.
Marc Page, mortgage director at Lloyds TSB, said:”There can be no doubt that first-time buyers have a significant economic impact.
“However it has been a difficult time to take that first step on the ladder with many struggling to raise the required deposit.
“We are proud of the success the Lloyds TSB Local Lend a Hand schemes have already achieved.
“Working with councils to help first-time buyers in their area is already having a significant impact at a local level and is helping to get their housing market moving again.”
With an average house price of £123,960 across the schemes almost half (47%) of these first-time buyers bought a terraced property whilst two fifths (41%) bought a semi-detached property.
Over three quarters (78%) of councils joining the scheme said Local Lend a Hand has had a positive impact in their area. Encouragingly and nine in ten (91%) said they would recommend the scheme to other local authorities.
Almost all the councils surveyed (96%) said they are considering extending their Local Lend a Hand Scheme and many said they have done so already.
Almost two thirds (64%) are also setting aside further funds to help first-time buyers in their area.
According to the latest Council of Mortgage Lenders data the number of first-time buyers rose 17% in February 2013 compared with February 2012 and has almost doubled (93%) since the trough of the market in January 2009. However, figures are still 59% lower than the height of the market in June 2006.
The total value of house purchases by first-time buyers in 2012 was £26.5bn. This was less than half the amount in 2006 (£54.4 bn) but 10% more than the amount in 2009 (£24bn).