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KEYWORD "First Time Buyers" - 100 RESULTS
Industry Views - The Housing Battleground for General Election 2024

So we’ve been sent the ‘Save The Date’ card - it’s July 4. Now all we need is the invitation to the...

25 May 2024

From: Features

New mortgages target buyers with defaults and County Court Judgements

A specialist lender is reintroducing a suite of mortgage products aimed at what it call “overlooked customers”. It turns out these are...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform? What about the tax bill?

There was a long-awaited return to the House of Commons this week when the Renters (Reform) Bill finally rose to the...

27 April 2024

From: Features

Huge survey to assess housing problems in ‘crunch county’

Thousands of people will be invited to take part in new research to help provide information on why one particularly badly...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer aged 67 shows affordability issue worsening

New data from one of Britain’s largest mortgage lenders shows that nearly one in five first-time buyers are now aged 40...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Cut possible in Mini-Budget - government briefing

A report in the Times newspaper says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is planning a stamp duty cut in the early autumn. The paper...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Jargon and Complexity put people off moving home - Zoopla

The jargon and complicated house moving process is deterring as many as 2.2m owners from entering the market, claims Zoopla.  The portal...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - An Englishman's home is his castle.....more or less!

Interesting report this week in Estate Agent Today on an analysis by the Resolution Foundation thinktank which suggests that the UK’s...

30 March 2024

From: Features

Major house builder warns of subdued property market

Property market conditions in the new-build sector are likely to remain subdued this year. Persimmon has claimed. An outlook in the house...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Economy brightens Budget gloom for property professionals

Following the disappointment of his Autmn statement, many property professionals were hoping for a kick-start to property sales in Jeremy Hunt’s...

09 March 2024

From: Features

The need to fill the void in the aftermath of Help to Buy

As the Budget approaches and the housing crisis intensifies, it is important to consider what the Chancellor could – and should...

02 March 2024

From: Features

Bob Dylan Was Right About Changing Times!

The times, they are indeed a-changin’. But what Dylan may not have appreciated, however, was how fast that change would be...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

How can I help my loved one get on the property ladder?

Compared with a decade ago, today's first-time buyers are older, more likely to buy with a partner and more likely to...

03 February 2024

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: Four General Election housing ideas that would get my vote

Whether a General Election is held in May, November or in January one thing is guaranteed -  we can expect to...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Buckle Up! It's Going To Be A Busy 2024

Happy New Year and welcome to what’s looking like a busy - perhaps even hectic - 2024! I thought it worth running...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Zoopla: Sales recovering but houses still too expensive

The final weeks of 2023 have recorded above average levels of new sales with a 17% increase compared to the same...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Government urged to bring back Help to Buy-style incentive

A lawyer has called for Help to Buy to be resurrected in the Autumn Statement. Paul Sams, head of property at Dutton...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts for stamp duty cut across UK

A proposed cut in stamp duty by the Westminster government would be a welcome boost to homebuyers and would need to...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the best city for First Time Buyers today

A new analysis of the housing market has assessed 50 cities in the UK to establish which is best for first...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - How To Get Real With Vendors On Price

The old adage that estate agency is a people business is rarely more relevant than right now, when the market is...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council buys private homes to improve their EPC ratings

A Labour council has revealed that it’s bought 15 open market homes, beefed up  their energy efficiency and will use them...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Bank of Family foot the bill to get young people on housing ladder

There’s growing evidence that wider family members - not just Mum and Dad - are stumping up cash to help younger...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency boss: Government must stop fighting and fix the property market

Winkworth is calling for the Government to take immediate action to fix the property market.  On the eve of the Tory party...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

One year later: Market remains tough for buyers after mini-Budget mayhem

It is just over one year since former Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s ill-fated mini-Budget and homeowners and...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Ready, steady, go?

Funny how time flies faster as you get older and I’m reminded that next week, (23rd September, to be precise) it...

16 September 2023

From: Features

Government urged to resurrect Help to Buy

The Government is facing calls to resurrect the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme. The housing support scheme, which provided a Government-backed...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing market still in doldrums despite mortgage rate cuts

Mortgage lenders are at last cutting their rates on some deals, confident that the Bank of England’s base rate may rise...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Property tax grab up 50% in two years - agency chief’s claim

Property taxes collected in Scotland have risen nearly 50 per cent in just two years according to analysis of the latest...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

The UK regions with the highest and lowest average first-time buyer deposits

The property market is unstable at the moment making it increasingly difficult for first-time buyers to get on the ladder. As a...

05 August 2023

From: Features

Frightening figures for first time buyers saving for deposits

A new study of 130 locations across the UK reveals huge ‘postcode lottery’ differences as to how quickly a first time...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Now is the time for the Government to resurrect help to buy

With the Bank of England’s rate rise to five per cent, soaring rents, and the cost-of-living crisis, now is the time...

24 June 2023

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: The Government can no longer ignore the property market

The National Association of Property Buyers’ Jonathan Rolande gives his take on a manic week for the property market. This is the week when...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals cheapest and dearest places for first time buyers

New analysis from Rightmove claims to reveal the cheapest UK city for a first time buyers to get on the property...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer Woe - prices and deposits soar despite market slowdown

The average first-time buyer in Britain has seen the cost of a home increase by £25 per day since interest rates...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

House price growth continues to slow – Land Registry

Annual house price growth slowed for the fifth consecutive month during March and remains negative on a monthly basis, Land Registry...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Fancy that! First time buyers drive recovery

As Tennyson once observed…’.In the Spring, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love…’.but not really. At the moment the...

29 April 2023

From: Features

Homebuying ‘disruptor’ secures £8m fundraise

A company aiming to “disrupt the conventional homebuying space” has raised £8m in a Series A equity funding round. Wayhome offers a...

28 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Help to Buy: Equity Loan ending - what help is available?

For just over a decade, the Government has operated ‘Help to Buy’ schemes in England. The first of these, ‘NewBuy’, which...

15 April 2023

From: Features

Labour outlines housing market policy

The Labour Party has outlined three ways it will help first-time buyers onto the housing ladder as it ramps up its...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Bad news everywhere - it’s up to YOU to relay the good news

It seems as if optimism is out of fashion right now: just look at the headlines to see what I mean....

03 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

It has been a busy start to the year for job moves. If you want your jobs or appointments news to feature...

31 January 2023

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers spending 40% of net pay on mortgage - Nationwide

The proportion of take-home pay that first-time buyers are having to put towards mortgage repayments is returning to levels last seen...

13 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Persimmon: 'Too early to say when buyer demand will recover''

Higher mortgage rates and the end of Help to Buy has had a “sharp impact” on sales rates, Persimmon has warned. A...

13 January 2023

From: Breaking News

There are reasons to be optimistic in the second half of 2023

Usually, I enter January with a spring in my step - optimistic about what the future holds.  Two years ago, after the...

07 January 2023

From: Features

Propertymark backs devolved Stamp Duty for Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Executive should seek devolved powers over Stamp Duty, Propertymark claims. The agency trade body has urged the Executive to...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Housebuilder launches webinar to help first-time buyers

Representatives from homebuilder Barratt and Rightmove are to share tips on how first-time buyers can get on the property ladder in...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

RIP Help to Buy: what comes next?

In this guest feature, Ben Bailey, CCO at Even, a mortgage lender for first-time buyers launched this year, provides commentary on the end...

05 November 2022

From: Features

Stamp duty cut - much needed boost or short term fix? Either way, estate agents need to prepare for the rush

The Government’s mini budget on September 23 was anything but ‘mini’ with several major announcements one of the most significant of...

17 October 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Demand is cooling but sellers' market remains for now - claim

Buyer demand is cooling but the property sector still remains in a sellers’ market for now, new analysis claims. The latest National...

14 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Supply and mortgage costs remain an issue despite Stamp Duty cut

The confirmation of an immediate Stamp Duty cut last week may have meant delayed sales could complete, but there are concerns...

26 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Property sector calls for targeted stamp duty cuts

Agents and other property professionals have, perhaps unsurprisingly, reacted positively to rumours of a Stamp Duty cut. Prime Minister Liz Truss and...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Analysis: What did Boris Johnson do for the UK property market during his 3 years as Prime Minister?

Time is up for Boris Johnson's tenure as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, serving 3 years and 44...

17 September 2022

From: Features

Increased energy price cap will ‘dramatically hit’ housing market

The increased energy price cap could hit first-time buyers and the wider property market, new research suggests. It comes as households are...

31 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Building society urges buyers to be ‘more realistic’ about housing aspirations

First-time buyers have been urged to manage their expectations after it revealed that 79% believe their first home will meet all...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoove to rollout agency platform to help 'fix homebuying process'

Conveyancing software provider Smoove is set to rollout a new flagship estate agency product following a successful trial phase. Smoove Start was...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Today's First Time Buyers and Tomorrow's Vendors

The other day I read a story here on Estate Agent Today, which was both depressing and inspiring. It reported a study...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

White paper calls for intergenerational mortgages to help first-time buyers

A group of mortgage advisers has proposed a range of reforms to reduce barriers to home ownership for first time buyers. The...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers ‘worried about looking stupid’ to estate agents

First-time buyers have admitted to feeling overwhelmed or scared to talk to estate agents about the homebuying process. A study of 2,000...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis delays deposit savings for first-time buyers

First-time buyers are now facing up to a nine-year wait to save enough of a deposit to get on the property...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Home movers back replacing stamp duty with capital gains tax charge

A survey among home movers has revealed support for making first-time buyers fully exempt from stamp duty and replacing the stamp...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Michael Gove and His Dead Cat

In retrospect, it was perhaps inevitable that the infamous dead cat would come into the debate over government housing targets and...

21 May 2022

From: Features

Insight - is it Time to Stamp Out SDLT?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has long been the bugbear of many property transactions. Even the very wealthy will lose interest...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Countrywide brands and branches critical to success of new owners

The Skipton Building Society, which owns Connells estate agency, says the house-selling arm helped it reach a record profit pre-tax profit...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sales Push - transactions per agency branch at a five-month high

Sales agreed per Propertymark member branch are now running at eight per month - the highest figure since last October according...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Fury as agent tells buyers to skip Greggs to save for a deposit

An estate agent has suggested on social media that people who buy a Greggs breakfast each day could save well over...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers in hotspot to get £5,000 public cash for deposit

A scheme to help people to get on the housing ladder in one of the UK’s most expensive local housing markets...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine crisis will put brakes on runaway housing market, warns analyst

Despite the latest Halifax house price index showing a 10.8 per cent annual rise, a leading housing market analyst is warning...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech lead generation platform expands beyond agents

A lead generation platform that boasts Leaders, EweMove and Northwood amongst its clients says it’s expanding into mortgages. Rentround, now in its...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest rates and inflation won’t blow housing market off course - claim

One of the country’s leading agencies says the recent and expected interest rate rises, and the surging inflation, will not blow...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

House Price Crisis - affordability worsening across the UK

The Chartered Institute of Housing, set to unveil its latest annual housing review next month, has indicated that to no one’s...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Kirstie Controversy - newspaper has corrected my comments, says TV star

Kirstie Allsopp says the Sunday Times has amended its report of an interview in which she says first time buyers may...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Success for young PropTech founder helping first time buyers

A young entrepreneur has won an award for creating an online service making it simpler for couples to buy their first...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in first time buyers’ contribution to housing market

There’s been a huge rise in the amount of money contributed to the housing market by first time buyers. They paid over...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency increasingly vital to buyers - claim

Features often overlooked by agents and buyers now, such as double glazing and insulation, are likely to become high up on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Allsopp fights back after criticism of first time buyer comments

Location Location Location co-presenter Kirstie Allsopp has fought back after her comments on first time buyers were sharply criticised oil social...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property TV star tells first time buyers to give up lattes and Netflix

Outspoken TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp has told first time buyers they may have to sacrifice lattes, Netflix and gym membership...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

First time buyer average age creeps up across UK

The average age at which someone buys their first home has risen to 32, up from 29 in 2011 and is...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Big surge in first time buyers - but it won’t last…

For the first time since before the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of first-time buyers is estimated to have...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Developer kicked out of Help To Buy because of Grenfell link

A company linked to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is being excluded from the government’s Help to Buy scheme, pending the outcome...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring price of first time buyer homes outstrip wages

The average first-time buyer’s home across Britain has increased in price by approaching £9,000 a year for the past decade. FTBs are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsustainable! Agents’ chief speaks out about lack of supply

The chief executive of Propertymark says the number of homes on sale has fallen to an average of just 21 per branch. “Figures from...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer Crisis: finding a deposit seems harder than ever

High house prices relative to average earnings make raising a deposit a big barrier for first time buyers, a new study...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Number of homes selling over asking price dips as market softens

The proportion of properties selling above asking price has dipped according to Propertymark - a likely sign the market is softening at...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants radical house buying changes if it comes to power

Labour is to reveal a raft of new housing policies at its party conference this weekend - and it claims it’s...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending hit record highs before stamp duty holiday ended

The value of mortgage lending hit a record high in the final months of the stamp duty holiday. Figures from the Bank...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior MP warns Lloyds Bank over grabbing first time buyer flats

The chairman of the Commons housing, communities and local government committee has criticised the institutional bulk-buying of existing homes for denying...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages fall flat as few deals actually agreed, claims broker

A broker claims the high profile return of the 95 per cent mortgage has actually made little impact on the housing...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Half a billion to be spent on new private shared ownership scheme

A company says it’s gathering £500m in funding to purchase properties for a “gradual home ownership” scheme - a variation on...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Prominent estate agents trial new low-deposit mortgage concept

Two prominent estate agencies are amongst those piloting a new financial product that allows aspiring buyers to purchase property with just...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the type of buyer who moved during stamp duty holiday

A report claims the flurry of transactions over recent months has been down mostly to families moving into larger homes and...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Game Changer’ funding idea uses investor cash for first time buyers

A company says it will fund first time buyers’ bids to get on the property ladder by matching them with property...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers deterred by environmental issues

A survey suggests that almost half of first time buyers have at some time pulled out of deals because of environmental...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buyers flee London in record numbers

Londoners purchased over 60,000 homes outside of the capital in the first half of 2021 - and many of those buyers...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Each property on sale has 19 potential buyers, claims agency body

“There is an average of 19 buyers for every available property on the market” according to Propertymark’s latest market snapshot for...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Is This The Alternative To Stamp Duty?

There’s gathering momentum to do ‘something’ about the unfairness of council tax and stamp duty. This isn’t new in principle. Agents have...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Market to slow dramatically in the autumn, analysis predicts

The post-lockdown housing market boom is showing signs of a significant slowdown according to a new forecast. The prediction, from the quote...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New App aims to show first time buyers the purchasing ropes

A new Home Buyer App has been launched by the Mortgage Advice Bureau in a bid to educate first time buyers...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage bonanza as choice grows and rates tumble

The signs are that even with the stamp duty holiday tapering to a close at the end of the summer, the...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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