The lender this week unveiled a new deal which will allow homebuyers to secure a loan without a deposit.
Until now, banks have required potential buyers to put up at least a 5 per cent deposit in order to be offered a mortgage.
The three-year deal from Barclays allows buyers to borrow at a fixed rate of 2.99 per cent without having to find that deposit.
The only catch is that customers need family or friends willing to put 10 per cent of the home’s value in a Barclays savings account for those first three years. At the end of that period the money is returned with interest of 1.5 per cent above the Bank of England base rate.
The new offer is part of changes to Barclays’ Family Springboard mortgage, which previously required a 5 per cent deposit. The changes also mean that buyers earning more than £50,000 can borrow up to 5.5 times their salary, up from 4.4 times previously.
The move is great news for young people looking to get on the property ladder but struggling with the time it takes to build up a sufficient deposit. It’s also good news for parents who are willing to help and now no longer need to wave goodbye to a significant chunk of their savings.
According to research from Barclays the need to find a deposit is the biggest barrier for many young people looking to buy their own home.
The study found that 56 per cent of all young un-mortgaged individuals identified deposit issues as one of the key barriers preventing house purchase and for 28 per cent of first-time buyers it was the main barrier.
It also found that 35 per cent of young un-mortgaged customers expected their family to assist them with a mortgage.
A recent study by Legal and General revealed that parents are expected to help out with 300,000 property purchases this year, to a total value of £5 billion.
Raheel Ahmed, head of Barclays Mortgages said: “With over a third of young people still turning to their family for help with buying a home, we have increased the accessibility of the Barclays Family Springboard mortgage. We want to offer more people a way to get on the property ladder and to walk through the door of their first home earlier than they perhaps thought.”
100 and even 120 per cent mortgages were common before the financial crash but were scrapped after they were blamed by many for contributing to the troubles. They were said to have encouraged buyers to borrow more than they could afford to repay - leading to higher default rates - and contributed to soaring house prices.
With the requirement for family members to act essentially as guarantors, it’s hoped this new deal avoids the pitfalls of those previous products.
The changes mark three years since the launch of Family Springboard Mortgage
Martyn Beaumont (30,) a teacher, was the first person to obtain a Family Springboard Mortgage in 2013, with help from his grandparents Peter and Phyllis Clark who have now received the return of their deposit with interest.
Martyn said: “I wouldn’t be on the property ladder if it hadn’t been for the Family Springboard Mortgage. My girlfriend and I were in rented accommodation before and it would have meant moving back in with our parents to be able to save for a bigger deposit on a property.
“Asking my grandparents to help with the deposit was a lot easier as the interest rate they would be receiving was a similar or better rate. They were also secure in the knowledge that they would be helping me and getting their money back in three years’ time.
“They have three other grandchildren yet to get on the property ladder who could also be helped with the Family Springboard Mortgage.”