First-time buyers are being compelled to focus their search on smaller, more manageable residences as a result of the economy’s continual change.
A DIFFICULT SITUATION: According to a real estate website, first-time buyers select two-bedroom apartments more and more.
First-time buyers in the UK confront a particular set of difficulties in the ever-changing housing market.
These would-be homeowners are lowering their expectations and selecting smaller homes more frequently as mortgage rates continue to be troublesome and rents soar. This growing trend is illuminated by a new analysis from Zoopla, which shows a shift in first-time buyers’ preferences towards two-bedroom apartments.
Three-bedroom houses have typically been the most sought-after property type for people just starting out in the housing market. The Zoopla survey, however, reveals a definite shift in tastes, with first-time buyers now selecting the allure and usefulness of two-bedroom apartments.
In addition to being more reasonably priced than a three-bedroom home (£230,000 on average), they also present a more reasonable financial commitment. According to its research, “The household income to buy a three-bed (first-time buyer) home has climbed by an average of £7,530 to a required household income of £55,900. This is due to the significant expansion in house prices over the last three years.
For residences with two bedrooms, the rise is considerably less at £4,900, translating to a necessary income of £51,000. According to Zoopla, a three-bedroom first-time buyer home typically requires a £34,500 deposit, whilst a two-bedroom home only requires a £31,500 deposit.
The estimates in the research are predicated on the idea that first-time buyers will need a 15% deposit and a loan that is three and a half times their annual household income. Zoopla also pointed out that the impact of rising home prices on first-time buyers’ affordability is not uniform, with buyers in southern regions experiencing greater price increases than those in northern regions.
The estimate indicates that 34% of all sales in the preceding year were made by first-time purchasers who used mortgages. According to Zoopla, some first-time buyers are changing their criteria and preferences because to the rising mortgage rates and costs.
As the top buyer group in 2018, first-time buyers are expected to have another successful year in 2023, according to executive director Richard Donnell. They are beginning to look for smaller homes in order to avoid the quick increase in rents even if they need more money to buy.
“The overall numbers of buyers searching may have decreased since a year ago, but deeper analysis shows that, when comparing with a more “normal market,” such as that of 2018 or 2019, there is little change, particularly in first-time buyers, who remain out in numbers searching for that first step on the ladder,” said Mark Manning, managing director of Manning Stainton & Northern Estate Agencies Group.
Some renters who decide to buy a home will probably “place higher value on being able to fix a mortgage, so they’ll know what they’ll pay over the next few years,” according to Sarah Coles, head of personal finance at Hargreaves Lansdown. “Where they’ve been evicted by a landlord who is selling the house, they’ll also be drawn by the prospect of being in control of when they next move home,” she said.