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First-time buyer mortgage applicaitons hit January spike

14th February 2017 Print

Demand for 5% deposit home loans was high at the start of the year, according to Yorkshire Building Society which recorded a significant rise in first-time buyer applications.

The Society saw a 91% year-on-year increase in first-time buyers seeking a 95% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage from January 2016 to January 2017. 

As part of its commitment to help first-time buyers on to the property ladder the Society pledged to continue lending at this loan-to-value after the Government Help-to-Buy mortgage guarantee scheme ended in December.

The Yorkshire Building Society Group did not use this scheme as part of its 95% LTV offering, and during 2016 increased its 95% LTV lending by more than 50% compared to 2015.

Charles Mungroo, Mortgage Manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said “More and more first-time buyers are trying to get their first step on to the property ladder so the demand for 95% LTV mortgages shows no sign of slowing down.

“It’s positive to see that borrowers realise there are still options available across the market to those with smaller deposits despite the disappearance of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme. 

“We are committed to helping first-time buyers by offering a range of mortgages tailored to suit their specific needs.”

The Society offers mortgages at 95% LTV starting from 3.49% for a two-year fixed rate with a £995 product fee. Alternatively, those looking to reduce the upfront costs could choose a two-year 3.84% fixed rate mortgage which has no product fees, plus £250 cashback on completion and a free standard valuation.

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