UK First-Time Buyer Numbers Hits Highest Levels In Over 20 Years
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Although the property market has seen some uncertain times in recent years with the global pandemic, it has recently been reported that UK first-time buyer numbers hit its highest level in over 20 years, spanning back to 2002.
Figures published by Yorkshire Building Society show that an estimated 480,300 first-time buyers successfully got themselves on the property ladder throughout 2021, which was a staggering 35% increase on the 303,000 transactions in 2020.
How much was the average house price for first-time buyer
Most popular type of property for first-time buyers
How old is the average first-time buyer
According to recent data from Halifax, it is thought that the average age of first-time buyers purchasing properties in 2021 was around 32 years old, which is a three-year increase from the decade previous when the average age of first-time buyers was around 29 years old.
Below shows the average age of homebuyers in different regions throughout the UK:
London = Average age 33 years old
North East and North West (England) = Average age 31 years old
Wales = Average age 31 years old
Where are the most affordable areas for first-time buyers
Elsewhere, Nationwide’s affordability report was recently published and showed that the following areas are considered some of the most affordable areas for first-time buyers:
County Durham, North East - £102,267 average house price
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales - £108,879 average house price
Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands - £116,890 average house price
Copeland, Cumbria - £119, 007 average house price
Barnsley, Yorkshire - £125,102 average house price
Great Yarmouth, East of England - £160, 516 average house price
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