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Bank of Mum and Dad to lend more than £6bn in 2019

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Written by: Emma Lunn
17/06/2019
The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will lend a total of £6.3bn this year, making it the equivalent of the 11th largest mortgage lender in the UK, according to a report from Legal & General and Cebr.

Family members will be helping with more than a quarter of a million (259,400) property purchases in 2019, down from 316,600 transactions in 2018. However, this figures still amounts to nearly one in five (19 per cent) transactions in the UK mortgage market.

Parents are making average contributions of £24,100 to help their offspring on the property ladder this year, up £6,000 from the typical contribution in 2018. This rise is double the average UK house price increase of £3,000 in the year to March 2019.

Legal & General says the jump in Bank of Mum and Dad loan sizes has increased total lending for the Bank of Mum and Dad by 10 per cent this year – up to £6.3bn from £5.7bn in 2018.

Bank of Mum and Dad lenders in London are contributing the most to help family or friends onto the ladder (£31,000 per transaction on average), but those in Wales are also supporting loved ones to the tune of £30,600.

In some parts of the UK, there has been bigger than average rise in contributions from family or friends. In the North West, the average Bank of Mum and Dad ‘loan’ has nearly doubled from £12,900 to more than £24,000, while the South West saw the average contribution rise by more than £10,000 to £29,700.

This shift in loan size could be because Bank of Mum and Dad lenders are supporting family and friends to purchase larger properties. Three-bedroom houses or flats were the most commonly purchased properties in 2019 (44 per cent), and more than a third (38 per cent) have helped family or friends to buy a two-bedroom property. Some 15 per cent of family lenders are even helping loved ones to purchase properties with four or more bedrooms.

This year’s Legal & General findings also suggest the Bank of Mum and Dad is playing a more complex role in the housing market than previously thought. Those aged 35 and under continue to rely on family help the most, with 62 per cent needing financial support. However, the research found more than a fifth (22 per cent) of people aged 45 to 54 have received financial assistance from the Bank of Mum and Dad to purchase their latest property.

About 7 per cent of over-55s have also received help from family or friends to buy their most recent home. This support for older buyers is predicted to double, with 14 per cent of Britain’s over-55s expecting assistance from the Bank of Mum and Dad for a future house purchase.

Nigel Wilson, group chief executive at Legal & General, said: “The Bank of Mum and Dad continues to be the ‘iceberg’ mortgage lender beneath the surface of our housing market – all but invisible yet exerting a massive influence, funding purchases across the country and helping people to defy the economics of affordability and realise their housing dreams. This year, parents or grandparents, family or friends are set to lend thousands more to fund nearly one in five house purchases.

“The Bank of Mum and Dad is a symptom of Britain’s broken housing market and it goes far beyond millennials relying on their parents as more older borrowers look to family and friends for financial support. Our reliance on ‘BoMaD’ funding is an increasingly skewed facet of the UK housing market. It’s dependency, not generosity. It’s is socially divisive and it’s creating a ‘locked out’ generation of first-time buyers who aren’t lucky enough to benefit from this kind help. It’s also almost certainly eroding older people’s finances when they need it to fund care and retirement – parents, grandparents, even friends are digging ever-deeper into their savings and pensions.”

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