More first-time buyers – but they’re getting older

The number of first-time buyers rose in August, the NAEA has claimed.

But the NAEA insists that most first-timers are in their thirties, and that first-time buyers who are aged between 18 and 30 are at an all-time low – responsible for just 3% of all transactions last month.

According to the NAEA, first-timers represented 28% of all buyers in August.

Mark Hayward, NAEA managing director, said:“Reports from our NAEA members suggest that the high house prices of the current housing market are still proving a barrier for the younger generation. It is evident that first-time buyers are indeed getting older.”

* Mortgage approvals fell in August, the Bank of England has reported.

The total number of approvals was 106,290 – down from 112,825 in August of last year.

The decline was, however, due to a 10.6% fall in remortgaging and a 25% drop in other types of loans such as equity release.

Purchase approvals actually crept up 0.9% to 64,212 – compared with 63,608 in August 2013.

* This morning, Nationwide reported house prices at an average of £188,374. The figure for September represents a slight price fall, of 0.2% – the first decline in 16 consecutive months of rises.

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