Proportion of first-time buyers with dependants doubles since 2009

One-in-five buyers are now over the age of 40.

Related topics:  Mortgages,  First-time buyer
Rozi Jones | Editor, Barcadia Media Limited
11th June 2024
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"With the average age of first-time buyers increasing in the past two decades, it seems more buyers are reaching other key moments, such as having children, before getting their foot onto the property ladder."
- Graham Sellar, head of business development for mortgages at Santander

The share of first-time buyers with at least one dependant has increased from 10% in 2009 to 20% in 2023, new data from Santander shows, indicating that more people getting their foot onto the first rung of the property ladder are now families.

One suggestion for this change is the increasing average age of first-time buyers, with one-in-five buyers now over the age of 40, according to Santander customer data.

Customers buying a home later in life may be more likely to have started a family or be caring for older parents in their home.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2022 the average first-time buyer was 36 years of age, an increase of four years compared to 32 in 2004.

Graham Sellar, head of business development for mortgages at Santander, commented: “Buying your first home is one of life’s major milestones. With the average age of first-time buyers increasing in the past two decades, it seems more buyers are reaching other key moments, such as having children, before getting their foot onto the property ladder.

"We know that for families who are juggling finding a suitable property in an area with access to good local schools, against the costs of bringing up children such as childcare, saving for a dream home can prove challenging.”

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