Bank of Mum and Dad lending needed for 1 in 4 home purchases

The Bank of Mum and Dad will be the equivalent of a £5.7bn mortgage lender in 2018, according to new research from Legal & General. It estimates 27% of buyers will receive help from friends or family, up from 25% in 2017 - this means that this year, the Bank of Mum and Dad will help 316,600 loved ones buy a home, up from 298,300 last year.

The value of Bank of Mum and Dad-supported property purchases in 2018 will rise to £81.7 billion, representing a £4.2 billion or 5% increase since 2016.

However, parents are providing smaller sums - the average BoMaD contribution will decline from £21,600 in 2017 to £18,000 in 2018.
 Other key findings from Legal & General’s “Bank of Mum and Dad” research include:
  • BoMaD contributions are highest in London (almost £31,000 per transaction on average) and lowest in Scotland (just under £11,000). More buyers in London (41%) receive BoMaD help than in any other region
  • Under 35s are most likely to receive BoMaD assistance with nearly 3 in 5 receiving money from family and friends to buy a property. This drops to just 8% for over 55s
  • Even homeowners aged between 45 and 55 are now relying on BoMaD, with one in five (20%) receiving assistance from their parents
Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive at Legal & General, commented: “This is not a positive trend - nor is it sustainable or fair for our parents and young people to remain so co-dependent when it comes to housing purchases. We need to take action to fix the housing market and open up affordability for all.”

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