First-time buyers hit highest level since crisis

Jeremy Duncombe, director of the Legal & General Mortgage Club, said the first months of the new year give the government an excellent opportunity to set the housing agenda for 2017. 

"We have already seen a number of progressive steps announced that offer real, long-term solutions to tackling the housing crisis.

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"However, while new measures such as the new starter homes scheme might grab the headlines, we must also ensure that housing policy addresses the needs of people across all tenures, whether they be first time buyers, older homeowners or renters.

"That is the key to creating fair housing market that works for all.”