We tend to find nowadays that more parents are gifting a deposit than ever before. Realistically, the “Bank of Mum & Dad” is now within the UK’s top 10 biggest lenders.
It’s no surprise how many younger people struggle to save enough for a deposit and lean on their parents or friends to help gift part of the entire housing deposit. Some parents or other family members, such as grandparents, are now gifting amounts upwards of £24,000.
Hundreds have become reliant on a family member every year, hoping to help them onto the property ladder. When speaking to some customers, we found that they felt a sense of personal responsibility.
It’s no surprise why many need that extra support, an increase of property prices, that has gone way over the average wage, leaving many unable to save for the deposit on their first home while coving the expenses of rent and utility bills. That said, it’s become more apparent if there is only one income supporting the household or being a sole applicant.
While renting may seem helpful in the short term, it can harm any chance people have to save for a mortgage deposit in the long run. Some decide to move back in with their parents to help save up the necessary costs for a larger deposit. Surveying 1600 parents who had helped their children out, many went on record as saying they had used their savings to do so.
Another concern is that some said they had withdrawn from their pension schemes or equity to gift a deposit. Essentially, this is them putting forward any inheritance their child would receive.
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