Barclay's latest deal will attract first time buyers, but will it work?

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It's no secret that young people have been unable to get onto the property ladder in recent years. 

Responding to the current malaise, Barclays is to introduce the first 100% mortgage since the financial crisis. This is a big potential boost to the property prospects of first time buyers.

Is There a Catch?

The bank’s Family Spingboard product will guarantee a three-year, fixed-rate deal at a 2.99% interest rate.

However, there’s a catch. A 'helper' or guarantor figure must to put up 10% of the house purchase price as a three-year security deposit.

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’

In most cases, this money will come from the bank of Mum and Dad. New research has revealed that  the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will become the UK’s 10th largest mortgage lender this year. 

The Legal & General report says that family connections will help finance 25% of all UK mortgage transactions in 2016 - with an average contribution of £17,500. That translates to around £77 billion worth of property deals.

The Barclays Deal

The new Barclays deal differs from older, pre-2008, 100% products as it guarantees security through a three-year deposit. A spokesperson from said:

“Barclays' new initiative is likely to attract first time buyers.

“Parents who fear loaning money and never seeing it again may also be persuaded by this deal.

“While there’s a risk with defaulting, the fact parents receive their money back after three or so years is attractive to some people.

Generation Rent

The Office for National Statistics has said recently that a record 2.2 million people were renting well into their thirties.

First time buyers are finding it tough to afford the average price of a first home, which is around £160,000 for a two to three-bedroom property. These prices mean that in the Barclay's mortgage a guarantor - or “helper” - would need to put down £16,000 for the three-year term.

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