Housing Minister hails first time buyer numbers - now at 12 year high

Latest mortgage data reveals number of first-time buyers getting a mortgage, and a foot on the property ladder, increasing to 35,010

Photo of new home buyers moving in

• Data reveals the number of first time buyers has hit the highest monthly total since August 2007
• New Government research shows 87% of public would prefer to buy rather than rent
• Public also remains supportive of house building in their areas to help address housing shortage

The Housing Minister has hailed the latest mortgage data published today (15 October 2019), which has revealed the number of first-time buyers getting a mortgage, and a foot on the property ladder, increasing to 35,010.

Representing the highest monthly total since August 2007, the figures show an unrelenting demand for home ownership from people who want to call a home their own.

The figures from UK Finance follow the Ministry of Housing’s own research revealing 87% of the public would prefer to buy, rather than rent, a home.

It also found 57% of people support the building of new homes in their own community, up from 28% in 2010 – demonstrating a majority of the public remains pragmatic about how the shortage of new homes is addressed.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP said:

"It’s welcome news that first-time buyers have reached a 12-year high.

"This government is determined to open up the dream of home ownership - with more houses completed last year than in all but one of the last 31 years."

Further information

In August 2019 there were 35,010 first-time buyer mortgages completed. The previous high was in August 2007 when there were 35,070 new first-time buyer mortgages completed.

The government is supporting the delivery of new homes across all tenure types - whether that’s council, social, private, to rent or buy - to ensure everyone’s needs are met.

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