Rents are now cheaper than mortgages so should first-time buyers hold off?

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2023-09-11 12:37:42  • 7 mins

Aspiring first-time buyers have found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place due to escalating rents and mortgage rates.

Not only have higher home loan rates made it more difficult to buy a first home, rising rents also reduce the amount that can be saved for a deposit.

The average five-year fixed mortgage rate is now 5.67 per cent, according to Rightmove, up from 2.22 per cent two years ago.

This means that the average person buying with a 200,000 mortgage (with a five-year fix and a 25-year term), will have home loan payments of 1,249 a month compared to 869 if buying two years ago.

But renters face similar financial strain. The average rent has gone from 1,029 to 1,261 a month per propertyover the past two years, according to HomeLet's Rental Index.

Rental affordability is now at its worst point for over a decade, according to estate agent Zoopla.

Zoopla said average UK rents now account for 28.3 per cent of average pre-tax earnings, versus a 10-year average of 27 per cent.

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