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Housing Minister hails first time buyer numbers - now at 12 year high

Wednesday 16 October 2019

New mortgage data reveals the number of first-time buyers getting a mortgage, and a foot on the property ladder, increased to 35,010 in August 2019.

The number of first time buyers has reached the highest monthly total since August 2007. The figures from UK Finance follow the Ministry of Housing’s own research, revealing 87 per cent of the public would prefer to buy, rather than rent, a home.

It also found 57 per cent of people support the building of new homes in their own community – up from 28 per cent in 2010 – suggesting that a majority of the public is pragmatic about how the shortage of new homes is addressed. 

Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP said: “It’s welcome news that first-time buyers have reached a 12-year high.

This government is determined to open up the dream of home ownership - with more houses completed last year than in all but one of the last 31 years.”

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