The number of 95% loan-to-value mortgage deals available to first-time buyers is at the highest level since before the financial crisis, according to Westexe Mortgage Solutions.
The number of 95% LTV deals currently open to first-time buyers is at a four-year high, with 59 deals currently available from 21 different lenders. This is up from just 25 in February 2011, nine back in 2010, and only three at the same time in 2009.
Even using the most conservative estimates, Westexe Mortgage Solutions suggests there could be over £210million worth of mortgage finance available to first-time buyers with a 5% deposit right now. Based on the average house price bought by first-time buyers, this is sufficient for over 2,000 first-time buyers to buy their first home right now.
As an indication of what this would mean for the housing market, during the 1980s and 1990s there were typically well over 500,000 first-time buyers every year – well over 1,350 a day, whereas currently there are only around 520 a day.
First-time buyers are being held back from taking up these deals only because they are unaware that they are available again.
“Well over 85% of young renters aspire to become homeowners but the vast majority of these say the fact they cannot raise a deposit is the key reason for not buying.
“There is a widespread perception that a minimum 20% or 15% deposit is required and they just don’t realise that there are now a lot more competitive 90% and 95% LTV mortgages back on the market.
“The first port of call for prospective borrowers should be to a mortgage broker as they can best assess which is the best product for their needs, but the fact that lenders are open to first-time buyers again is a really positive sign.”