This is how much the average deposit in London will be by 2027

First time buyers will need a deposit of over £200k to buy a home in 2027, new research has found.

A new study has revealed the average first-time buyer deposit could be set to rise by nearly 60 per cent over the next 10 years.

The current average deposit for first-time buyers sits at a huge £51,821, and could go up to as much as £65,930 by 2022 nation-wide.

By 2027, first-time buyers may need to put down 28 per cent of a property’s value, which could amount to a deposit of £81,468, up by £29,647 from the current average deposit put down.

Looking at different cities across the UK, deposits are set to rise nationwide with the required amount going up by 75 per cent in the next 10 years in London, 62 per cent in Brighton and Hove and 59 per cent in Bristol.

By 2027 the average deposit for a first-time buyer in London could go up to £244,842 – up £104,855 from the current £139,987 it is today.

UK cities Deposit needed today Deposit needed 2022 Deposit needed 2027 Total % increase by 2027
London £139,987 £188,966 £244,842 75%
Brighton and Hove £77,407 £100,032 £125,280 62%
Bristol £58,035 £74,192 £92,062 59%
Norwich £40,890 £51,626 £63,364 55%
Edinburgh £37,661 £47,467 £58,204 55%
Southampton £45,262 £56,775 £69,349 53%
Cardiff £34,400 £42,593 £51,485 50%
Leeds £29,589 £36,633 £44,252 50%
Manchester £28,672 £35,513 £42,912 50%
Birmingham £30,602 £37,792 £45,564 49%
Plymouth £36,384 £44,762 £53,806 48%
Sheffield £26,193 £32,263 £38,797 48%
Glasgow £21,876 £26,904 £32,291 48%
Nottingham £25,132 £30,693 £36,650 46%
Newcastle upon Tyne £26,037 £31,826 £38,046 46%
Liverpool £21,292 £25,852 £30,716 44%
Belfast £29,682 £35,528 £41,755 41%

David Hollingworth from L&C said: “With this research predicting that the size of deposits required could rise considerably across the country, first-time buyers could be forgiven for giving up hope on owning their first home. There is some stark variation between cities but the fact that London deposits could be almost hitting a quarter of a million pounds by 2027 is alarming.

“It makes sense for first-time buyers to try and raise as big a deposit as possible but that is very much easier said than done in today’s current climate. Although there are mortgage deals available to as much as 95 per cent of the property price, rates on these types of deals will be higher than for those who have saved a larger deposit.

“Given the level of commitment that first-time buyers are having to make it’s of little surprise that they are often electing to fix their mortgage rate, so they know where they stand with their mortgage payments.”

L&C also looked at the attitudes of first-time buyers in the UK, asking how they are planning to raise their deposit.

On average, first-time buyers expect 44 per cent of their deposit to come from their own cash savings, with a further 15 per cent coming from a Help to Buy ISA and 6 per cent coming from a Lifetime ISA.

A further 11 per cent is expected to come from a sum from parents or other family members, and 6 per cent will come from an inheritance.

David Hollingworth continued: “Pulling together a deposit continues to represent one of the single biggest challenges and these forecasts will make frightening reading for aspiring first-time buyers.  As a result the Bank of Mum and Dad will no doubt continue to play an important role for those attempting to get on the ladder.

“Parental and family assistance will often help to build a deposit but can also see them providing a guarantee or additional collateral, to secure the mortgage needed.

“Although improvements to supply of the right type of housing will be required, it is clear that from a practical point of view first-time buyers will need to try to make regular savings as early as possible.

“Schemes like the Help to Buy and Lifetime ISAs can be helpful options for boosting your deposit, especially when contending with high rents. On top of this, the Budget announcement to scrap stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties worth up to £300,000 will raise a cheer with those who are struggling with the challenge of saving a deposit.

“The other silver lining at the moment may be that mortgage rates are extremely low but it’s important to get professional advice on the right options for you.”

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