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8 million Britons turn backs on property ladder

The number of mortgage products available to first-time buyers currently stands at just 1337, a drop of 187 products since this time last year.

Prior to the credit crunch there were 14,940 available in July 2007; underlining how conditions have changed for those trying to get onto the property ladder.

The average loan to value for products available to new buyers is 78% which means someone taking out a mortgage on a £150,000 property for example would need a deposit of £33,000 – well beyond the means of most first-time buyers.

However, there is still good news for those taking the property plunge – the number of mortgages available for those with only a 10% deposit is currently 209, up 20% on 2011, and the average interest rate for these mortgages has dropped by 1.14% since April 2009.

Clare Francis, mortgage spokesperson at MoneySupermarket.com said: "Home ownership is a really big thing here in the UK. For years it has been something millions of people aspire to and therefore it’s surprising to see that this may be changing and that some people are giving up on the hope of ever owning their own home.

"To a certain degree it is perhaps understandable. Despite a stagnant housing market in many areas of the country, property prices remain exceptionally high. Coupled with this, mortgages remain hard to come by with the number of loans available to those with a small deposit well down on the pre-Credit Crunch days. Rising living costs are also making it harder for aspiring first-time buyers to save that all important deposit."

When those with an idea on when they would buy were asked how they planned to pay for the deposit on their new home, 40% say they will rent until they have saved enough. Just 9% of would-be homeowners have already saved for a deposit, yet a hopeful 6% say they will play the lottery for a home deposit over asking their family and friends (5%). Some 6% are hoping that house prices will drop further, lessening the amount they need to save.

The research from MoneySupermarket also asked what Britons had been forced to put on hold in their life due to the economic climate, and found that when it comes to property; 17% of 18 to 34 year olds have put off buying a house and delayed this by four years on average.

Francis said: "Many are taking the decision to rent for longer while they save a large enough deposit to buy their first home. While we have seen an increase in the number of mortgages available up to 90% of the property’s value, the rates on these deals are still higher than if you can scrape a larger deposit together.

"On the plus side the flat housing market means aspiring homeowners can take their time to build up a deposit as they don’t have to worry that prices will become unaffordable if they don’t buy now."

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