23 Feb 2018
First-time buyers north of the border can save £31,000 on average during a 25-year mortgage instead of renting a similar home, according to Bank of Scotland.
The average monthly costs associated with buying
a three-bedroom house in Scotland stood at £503 in December - £103 lower than
what it typically costs to rent the same-sized property (£606 ).
This can save first-time buyers £1,240 per year.
And, very importantly, they will also have the considerable financial reward of actually owning the property at the end of the mortgage.
There is now a 17% gap between buying and renting in Scotland, which is the largest (alongside south-west England) when compared to the UK average of 10%.
The monthly cost of purchasing a home for first-time buyers north of the border has now been cheaper than renting for a ninth year in a row.
During this time, the costs associated with buying a property decreased by £253 per month. Meanwhile, the average monthly rent increased by £33.
Buying a house is said to be more affordable than renting across the whole of the UK.
Londoners save the most money per year compared to renters with the typical first-time buyer paying £183 (12%) a month less than the average renter (£1,363 against £1,545 rent); an annual saving of £2,191.
Graham Blair, mortgage director at Bank of Scotland, said: “Considering the financial benefits of home-ownership and a sustained period of low interest rates, it’s no surprise that buying a property continues to be cheaper than renting, particularly in Scotland, where first-time buyers now make up half of the housing market.
“Although these monthly costs don’t include all the up-front fees associated with buying a home, the low average monthly cost of buying, when compared to renting, will no doubt help those looking to take their first step on the property ladder.”
The number of first-time buyers in Scotland reached 35,5004 in 2017, compared to 31,600 in 2016 – the highest level since 2006 (39,100).
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