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26% of first-time buyers take 35 year mortgage terms

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Mon 18 Jan 2016

26% of first-time buyers take 35 year mortgage terms

 

In 2007 the proportion taking out a thirty five year term was 16%, yet by 2015 that figure grew to 26% according to researc h from the Halifax.

Over the same period the share of mortgages with a 20-25-year term fell from 48% to 30%.

Halifax put the first-time buyer count at 310,000 in 2015, a slight drop from 311,700 the year before.

Mortgage affordability has radically improved since the summer of 2007 when first-time buyers typically spent 50% of their income on mortgage payments. That figure now stands at 32%.

Craig McKinlay, mortgages director at Halifax, said: “For the second year in succession, the number of buyers getting on the first rung of the housing ladder has reached 310,000.

 

“Although the average price of the typical first-time buyer home has grown by 10% in the past year, the number of buyers taking that first step onto the housing ladder has been supported by favourable economic conditions; namely, record low mortgage rates, rising employment and real pay growth.”