Britons still aim to buy property – but not just yet

With the ongoing uncertainty of recession looming, house purchase is still on everyone’s mind…..

Despite a stagnant housing market and rising inflation, Britons remain upbeat about their chances of buying a new property – but not just yet.

According to research from Santander Mortgages, one in four of the adult population plans to buy a property in the next five years. But only 6% of prospective buyers intend to buy in the next 12 months and just 7% within two years.

The research, conducted among existing and non-homeowners, found that young people expect to be the most active over the next five years, with nearly half of 18 to 34-year-olds (48%) intending to buy a new home in the next five years. This compares to one in five 35 to 54-year-olds (21%) and 12% of those aged 55 or over.

Almost two-thirds (61%) of those who intend to buy a property in the next five years are currently married or living together with a partner.

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