Our friends in the U.S have been chasing the ‘American Dream’ for some time now, yet we Brits don’t really have a moniker for ‘making it’ in the UK. If we were to coin our version of the ‘British Dream’, we imagine it would be celebrated every time someone took their first steps on the property ladder.
First-time buyers play a pivotal role in the UK housing market and represent a key driver of demand. The average age of first-time buyers has been steadily rising over the last few decades as property has been less and less affordable in some parts of the country. However, schemes like shared ownership and Help-to-buy have helped younger people get on the ladder, putting downward pressure on average ages of first-time buyers.
According to data from the council of Mortgage Lenders, in 2014-15, the majority of first-time buyers were aged 25-34 years (61%), similar to 1994-95. In 2014-15, the majority of first-time buyers were aged 25-34 years (61%), similar to 1994-95.Between 1994-95 and 2014-15, the proportion of first-time buyers aged 16-24 years declined from 23% to 10%, while the proportion aged 35-44 years increased from 11% to 20%.
Not all individuals have dreams of owning their own home; an increasing number of people are deciding they would rather rent property so they can have more flexibility. Naturally, this pattern opens up opportunities for landlords to purchase buy-to-let properties, either as a stand-alone investment to supplement their income or as part of a growing portfolio. Despite the recent changes to tax relief and stamp duty, professional and serious landlords are still reaping the rewards of being involved in the sector.
So what’s the scoop in M16? We’ve used data from ResiAnalytics which uses affordability measures to calculate the average age of first-time buyers in the local market. The data shows that the average age of a first-time buyer here is 26.2. This is lower than the regional figure of 30, while the national average is 30.
The average price of a home in M16 is £188,000, and if you take 10% as a reasonable figure for a deposit for a first home, that means buyers need to stump up around £18,800. Add into the mix average gross earnings of residents in the area, which sit at £33,970, and you can start to see why the picture in our area looks like it does. If you’re thinking of purchasing your first property, visit our office for a friendly chat and we can discuss all the options available.
A look at the annual sales charts for the last ten years offers a good indication of market activity within the local area. Patterns are in line with expectations given the nature of our area. While there is nothing too surprising about which type of properties have seen the most transactions, it’s useful to see how the market has performed since just before the credit crunch.
This chart shows how house prices in the local area have moved over the last seven quarters. We’ve indexed flats, terraces, semi-detached and detached homes so they start at the same point so you can easily see how they’ve moved in relation to one another.
How far people travel to work says a lot about the nature of an area. For example if people live and work in market towns there is likely to be a lot more community spirit to experience in daily life. When people are travelling further afield to work, they effectively spend their days on two different communities. It will be interesting to see if community spirit increases as people work more from home.