May 29, 2018

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Rising house prices and level incomes have forced many to search out a new fund for getting on the property ladder…

A Recent feature from the BBC noted that more than one in four buyers are still expected to receive financial help from friends or family to get on the property ladder.

In total, financial services firm Legal & General said 27% of home buyers would get assistance – up from 25% last year.

However, the average parental contribution for home buyers this year will be £18,000, down 17% from last year’s £21,600, according to L&G.

The drop shows that parents are “feeling the pinch”, the firm says.

Bank of Mum and Dad in numbers:

• The “bank” is expected to help fund 317,000 homes his year, up 3% on 2017
• Contributions are highest in London £31k and lowest in Scotland £11k
• More buyers in London (41%) receive help from the Bank of Mum and Dad than in any other area
• Under-35s are most likely to receive help from their parents, with nearly three in five getting assistance
• Some older home buyers also rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad, with 20% of those aged between 45 and 55 receiving help

One lady told the BBC that her parents had already put aside money to gift her at some point.

“I would have inherited the money anyway. Better to use it now to get on the property ladder before prices go up even further,” she said.

The money her parents provided was “gifted” and she mentioned that they don’t own any of her flat as a result of their investment.

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This feature was produced with thanks to BBC news, Legal and General Financial services and the Money Advice service. May 2018.