Mortgage products for first-time buyers 'on the up'
The number of mortgage products available to first-time buyers is
at its highest level since May, according to
More than 1,300 mortgage offers are now on the market for
first-time buyers, compared with just over 1,200 in November this
The online price comparison site has described the increase as a
Hannah-Mercedes Skenfield, mortgages channel manager at the
company, commented: "It is encouraging to see an increase in
lenders providing suitable options for first-time buyers, as the
number of products in this arena have been low for some
She added that, if these lending patterns continue, it could be
beneficial to the housing market.
Ms Skenfield also took the opportunity to call on the government to
extend the stamp duty holiday past the end of December.
The stamp duty threshold will revert back to its original
£125,000 level - down from £175,000 where it currently
stands - on December 31st this year.