Most first-time buyers not aware of shared homeownership schemes
The majority of first-time buyers looking to buy houses for sale in
the UK are not aware of homeownership schemes, a survey has
Halifax released findings today (November 10th 2010), which showed
that 72 per cent of people said they would not think about buying a
property through shared ownership or equity initiatives.
Research found that one-fifth of respondents believed the costs of
paying a mortgage and monthly payments could become too
However, 69 per cent of the people who said they would look into
them thought it would make purchasing properties for sale more
This comes after Rightmove revealed earlier this week that the drop
in house costs has encouraged a recovery in the first-time buyer
Findings showed that the proportion of people aiming to get on the
property ladder over the next 12 months rose from 22 per cent to 26
per cent over three months.
These first-time buyers could be inclined to enter into a shared
ownership scheme, after 40 per cent of people who said they would
consider joining the initiative thought it would help them buy in
an area they would otherwise not be able to afford.