Thousands of first-time buyers (FTBs) attended the London Home Show as it returned to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre following an 18-month pause to in-person events, according to organiser Share to Buy.
The free exhibition gave potential buyers access to some of housing industry names and showcased affordable homes available across London and the Home Counties.
This included properties available through Shared Ownership and Help to Buy.
The event also offered information about rental alternatives, including London Living Rent and Build to Rent.
A series of workshops took place throughout the day, giving visitors a chance to learn about the different home buying options available, from a range of industry experts.
Visitors were also able to attend live Q&A sessions with industry experts covering topics ranging from understanding Shared Ownership and Help to Buy eligibility criteria to perfecting a credit score.
A number of independent mortgage advisers and solicitors were also available to offer free financial and legal advice and answer purchasers’ questions about the buying process.
Nick Lieb, head of operations for Share to Buy, said: “Despite a challenging 18 months, the high turnout on Saturday demonstrated that Londoners are more determined than ever to get onto the property ladder, and demand remains exceptionally strong for high-quality affordable homes.
“The London Home Show is a critical asset for many first time buyers in the capital, and although the housing industry adapted brilliantly throughout the pandemic with a range of webinars, digital events and video calls, our remarkable visitor numbers truly shows that nothing beats speaking face-to-face with experts. We were delighted to be back home in Westminster!”