Max and Victoria Turner relied on the Help to Buy scheme to buy their first home in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire S SAUNDERS/DIGITAL NATION PHOTOGRAPHYLenders are fighting back against accusations that they are shunning first-time buyers with a blitz of mortgage offers for twentysomethings, as demand for buy-to-let loans drops. Deals aimed at those members of Generation Rent who can contemplate homeownership have flooded on to the market over the past few days.
Borrowers are choosing deals which are not dependent on the Bank of England base rate GETTY IMAGESThe number of tracker-rate mortgages has fallen to the lowest level since September 2009, as borrowers fearing interest-rate rises flee for the security of fixed-rate deals. An analysis by Moneyfacts, the analytics company, found the number of products offered by lenders whose interest rates track the Bank of England base rate had fallen to 268 yesterday.
The rental market is undergoing fundamental change, finding new clientele among families and older single people who are unable to buy, or find, their dream homes. Last year a record £51.6 billion was paid in rent, double that of a decade ago, according to Countrywide, the estate agency. The accommodation on offer is also changing unrecognisably, thanks to £50 billion of investment in build-to-rent, a rapidly growing sector which aims to transform the rental market.
@HenryPryor@CarolLewis101@TimesProperty I've pulled out the following par, so you don't have to! "You can get someone else to do the research for you... buying agencies are not only for the wealthy and they can often save you more than they charge, which is about 1.5 per cent of the sold price." 😀
@tompeck And yet, I would vouch for the fact that the first sentence of the article - "When you hear see word 'organic', do you struggle to stifle a yawn?" - will more or less have guaranteed no readers whatsoever. For what it's worth, I back you on this one.
Here's a top tip for people working in PR:
If you've already called the head of a newspaper department to pitch an idea and been told it is of no interest, don't ring up her colleague straight afterwards and pitch the same idea.
YOU WON'T CATCH US OUT. 😠
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