Our research shows the locations first-time buyers have been flocking to, plus the prices they paid and the deposits they put down.
Luton in Bedfordshire is the most popular place in Great Britain for first-time buyers to purchase a home, according to our latest research.
A typical first-time buyer in Bedfordshire bought a three-bedroom terraced house for £250,000, with a deposit of £37,500 and a household income of £47,000.
Wolverhampton in the West Midlands came second in our list of first-time buyer hotspots. With an average purchase price of just £145,000 is the most affordable in our top 20 list of locations.
Barking and Dagenham took third place, with first-time buyers typically paying £325,000, needing a deposit of £48,750 and a household income of £61,000 to purchase a home there.
This interactive map will show you the top 20 hotspots in Great Britain, as well as the top 10 for London and each region.
Which regions are the hottest?
Surprisingly, given its high prices, 10 of the top 20 first-time buyer hotspots were in London.
Alongside Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Islington and Greenwich also made it into the top 10.
London also accounted for the most expensive location in the top 20, with first-time buyers getting on to the property ladder in Islington paying an average of £525,000 to purchase a two-bedroom flat, requiring a deposit of £78,750 and a household income of £99,000.
Essex and the Midlands prove popular
As well as taking the top spot, three other locations in the East of England made it into the top 20, with Harlow coming in fifth place, followed by Thurrock in eleventh place and Basildon in thirteenth.
The West Midlands also accounted for four of the most popular places for first-time buyers, with Wolverhampton joined by Sandwell, Coventry and South Staffordshire.
There were only two first-time buyer hotspots in the South East, namely Slough and Reading, which came in 19th and 20th place respectively.
What’s the background?
Gráinne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla, said: “First-time buyers remain one of the largest cohorts of purchasers across the country, and our data shows that they remain very active within the capital.
“The hotspots in the West Midlands reflect activity in this market more widely, but also underlines how the increased affordability of housing in these markets is appealing to those climbing onto the housing ladder.”
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Top three takeaways
Luton in Bedfordshire in the most popular place in Great Britain for first-time buyers to purchase a home
London accounted for 10 of the top 20 hotspots, while four each were in the East of England and the West Midlands
Wolverhampton in the West Midlands is the cheapest hotspot in which to purchase a home, with the average first-time buyer paying £145,000.
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