Lloyds Bank

First-time buyers turning to affordable housing schemes to get onto the property ladder

10 November 2012

  • Almost half (46%) of first-time buyers* are turning to affordable housing schemes to help them onto the property ladder, with a wide cross-section of people considering it as an option.
  • One in six (15 per cent) first-time buyers would not have previously considered the schemes, but have changed their view due to the economic downturn.
  • More first-time buyers say they have an understanding of shared ownership (81%) than shared equity schemes (64%).
  • However, there is a lack of awareness around the availability of local schemes, creating a barrier for first time buyers.

First-time buyers consider affordable housing as an option
Almost half (46%) of first time buyers are considering turning to shared equity and shared ownership schemes to enable them to buy their first home, according to latest research from Lloyds TSB.  Of these, one in four (26%) said affordable housing schemes were their only option for getting onto the property ladder and they would not be able to buy a home otherwise.

One in four (25%) said their primary reason for considering such a scheme was that it makes or would make their monthly mortgage repayments more affordable while a further quarter (24%) said it allowed or would allow them to buy in an area which would otherwise have been unaffordable.

 The economic downturn has also had an impact on how people view affordable housing schemes, with one in six (15%) of first time buyers saying they would not have considered the schemes previously, but have changed their mind due to the economic conditions.

Shared ownership schemes are better understood than shared equity
Eight in ten (81%) first-time buyers claim to have a basic or good understanding of shared ownership schemes, although this is less for shared equity schemes (64%). In England, those living in the North have the best understanding of shared equity schemes (70%), while those in the East are least informed (53%).

 However, despite relatively good levels of understanding, four in 10 first-time buyers are unaware of the affordable housing schemes available to them in their local area. Those living in the East are the most aware in England of the availability of local schemes, with only 30% unaware.

 Stephen Noakes, Director of Mortgages, at Lloyds TSB, said:
"Affordable housing schemes play a key part in helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder, and our research shows that almost half of them would now consider signing up to buy their first home. However, many more may be unaware of how these schemes can help them onto the property ladder, or indeed the availability of them in their local area.”

"Whether you are buying your first property outright or through an affordable housing scheme, Lloyds TSB has a range of mortgage products that can help purchasing your first home easier."

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