A double reduction in the cost of getting a foot on the new build ladder via last week’s Budget has boosted new build property affordability by as much as £132,000 in some parts of the market.
Research carried out by snagging and defect management experts BuildScan looked at the current average new build house price, the sum saved due to the extension of the stamp duty holiday, the reduction in mortgage deposit requirements between a 5% and 15% deposit and what this totalled as an initial reduction in the cost of getting on the ladder.
The research shows that the current average new build in England will cost homebuyers £327,486, a 22% premium when compared to the wider national market average of £269,150.
Previously, a 15% deposit on the average new build would have required homebuyers to front up £49,123. However, the ability to secure a mortgage with a 5% deposit will reduce the initial cost required to £16,374, a £32,749 drop in the initial cost of getting on the ladder.
But with the extension of the stamp duty holiday, new build homebuyers are able to secure a double affordability boost when buying.
Without the holiday in place, the average new build homebuyer in England would need to pay stamp duty to the tune of £6,374 on the average property price of £327,486. However, until June they will be able to keep every pound and penny of this sum in their pocket, paying no stamp duty tax on their purchase.
As a result, the average new build homebuyer has seen the initial cost of buying fall by £39,123 due to the Budget. In London, this saving climbs to £65,583 when considering both the reduction in stamp duty and mortgage deposit requirements.
While the least affordable new build market with an average price tag of £1.168m, Kensington and Chelsea is home to the biggest boost in new build affordability. The combined stamp duty saving and mortgage deposit reduction in the borough totals a huge £131,780, with Westminster and the City of London also seeing this combined saving exceed £100,000.
Elmbridge (£90,248) and Rochford (£79,383) are home to the biggest reductions in the initial cost of buying a new build outside of London.
Across England’s major cities the initial cost of buying a new build has dropped by between £20,000 and £74,000.
Cambridge is home to the biggest reduction in new build purchase costs at £73,973, while Bradford is home to the lowest, although new build homebuyers are still £21,096 better off.
Founder and managing director of BuildScan, Harry Yates, said: “A lot has been made about the savings brought about by the current stamp duty holiday but with the introduction of 5% mortgage deposit products, the financial barrier to buying has just dropped even lower for the nation’s homebuyers.
“Regardless of what price threshold you’re transacting at, doing so in current market conditions will see you get a foot on the ladder for thousands of pounds less than you may have otherwise, thanks to the stamp duty holiday extension and a lower deposit requirement.
“Of course, this saving is all the greater for those looking to buy within the new build sector due to the generally higher cost of purchasing a brand new home. However, while they come at a premium with regard to price, new build homes return a far greater rate of price appreciation in the long-term.
“So the sector provides a great investment opportunity for homebuyers at present with the addition of a Budget boost to affordability.”