A majority of first-time buyers will be looking for guidance when making a home purchase, according to research by Accord Mortgages and Yorkshire Building Society.
Nine in ten of those questioned in the national poll said they would need assistance, despite two thirds (65%) claiming they knew house-buying process well. Over a third (35%) are now expecting to buy sooner as a result of COVID-19.
The research looked at the attitudes of those planning to buy their own home within the next three years. Over two thirds (68%) of first-time buyers said a house purchase was an important milestone they wanted to achieve, with 72% believing owning their own home was essential to feeling they had succeeded in life.
The three biggest barriers to purchase according to the research were the upfront costs (34%), saving for a deposit (32%) and the cost of housing in their desired area (32%).
Jeremy Duncombe, director of intermediary distribution at Accord Mortgages, said: “Given the uncertainty of the market at present, it’s positive that the demand for advice is so high and those purchasing for the first time are seeking professional help to navigate the process.
“Whilst we are committed to offering our support to this sector through the limited releases of 90% loan-to-value (LTV) products, we know the restricted availability of low-deposit mortgages will present a challenge for some buyers. Having a broker to explore all the available options and guide you through the process is crucial to secure the longer term financial wellbeing of these customers.
“Taking that first step on the property ladder is a real milestone. Whilst COVID-19 has clearly had an impact, many first-time buyers have been able to save more during lockdown and will benefit from the stamp duty holiday so are now in a stronger position to achieve their goal. That means there’s a fantastic opportunity for advisers to offer their services where they are needed the most.”