Average UK house deposits for first-time buyers rose by £10,000 last year, according to research from Halifax.
The average amount new buyers across the UK were required to put down for a house deposit increased by £10,829 to £57,278 - which is a 23 per cent rise - according to data from Halifax.
Meanwhile, average deposits for first-time buyers in London rose by £20,211 (18 per cent) to £130,357.
These are the average first-time buyer deposits around the UK in 2019 compared to 2020, with the increases in both percentage and cash, according to Halifax:
- Northern Ireland: £25,327, £29,523, 17%, £4,196
- Scotland: £30,101, £35,745, 19%, £5,644
- Wales: £26,029, £32,663, 25%, £6,634
- North East England: £23,788, £29,563, 24%, £5,775
- North West: £29,519, £34,347, 16%, £4,829
- Yorkshire and the Humber: £28,008, £33,313, 19%, £5,305
- East Midlands: £33,268, £39,052, 17%, £5,783
- West Midlands: £34,008, £42,062, 24%, £8,054
- East Anglia: £43,474, £51,126, 18%, £7,652
- South West: £42,504, £51,397, 21%, £8,893
- South East: £54,654, £64,910, 19%, £10,256
- London: £110,145, £130,357, 18%, £20,211
Fall in first-time buyers
Halifax - which used UK Finance figures for part of its calculations - said that the overall number of first-time buyers in 2020 was down by more than 46,000 compared with 2019, with an estimated 304,657 first-time buyers last year.
The bank found that around the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, had the biggest decreases in first-time buyers in 2020. In England, London was the area that experienced the smallest fall in buyers.
However, despite the fall in first-time buyers compared to 2019, they still made up a large amount of purchases last year.
Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said that the fall in first-time buyers during the first half of 2020 was “inevitable” due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, he noted that despite the initial drop, the second half of 2020 saw a strong recovery.
Mr Galley said: "Whilst these figures confirm the almost inevitable fall in the overall number of first-time buyers in 2020 - with the entire housing market effectively shuttered during the first national lockdown - they also underline just how strong the bounce-back was in the second half of the year.
"Despite the obvious challenges presented by soaring house prices, not least the need to raise an even bigger deposit, first-time buyers still accounted for half of all home purchases, a reassuring statistic given their overall importance to the market.”