Why 2018 is the ideal time for first-time buyers
2018 may be an ideal year for first-time buyers to make the leap onto the property ladder.
If you’re hoping to purchase your first home this year, here is a list of things to consider.
More new homes to become available
With the Help to Buy equity loan scheme propping up developer profits, it is likely that the number of new homes built in 2018 will increase and edge closer to the targeted 300,000 new homes a year set by the Government. More homes built may equate to more opportunities for first-time buyers to purchase a home.
Consider a Lifetime ISA
With the Help to Buy (H2B) scheme offering a route into home ownership, it’s time to give some thought to a rule change in the Lifetime ISA. The Lifetime ISA works in a similar way to H2B. For every £4 you save, you receive a £1 government bonus. The bonus was only paid after 12 months of saving but thanks for a new rule, from April 2018 the bonus will be paid monthly. Savings can be withdrawn tax free when buying your first home or when you are aged 60 or above. This rule change increases flexibility for how and when savers use their allowance.
First-Time Buyers are overtaking landlords
The balance is tipping and first-time buyers are overtaking landlords. Rising taxes and tougher lending criteria are swaying in favour of homebuyers rather than landlords using buy-to-let finance. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, they expect landlord property purchases to fall below 80,000 in 2018, compared to 120,000 in 2015.
House prices might not increase
Good news for first-time buyers trying to keep up with increasing prices, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) believes that “come the end of 2018, prices across the UK as a whole will have seen almost no change with a year earlier.” There are a number of factors at play this year. Economists believe that a range of factors such as Brexit, mortgage affordability and weak consumer confidence will all have influence on the increase of properties in 2018.
Stamp duty no longer applies
As of 2017’s budget, first time buyers purchasing a house for anything up to £500,000 will not have to pay stamp duty on the first £300,000. This move will see a boost in first time buyers in the market and saves them a lot of all important cash in the buying process. For example, if you were to buy a home for £210,000, you would save £1,640 in stamp duty.
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