Buying a home costs less in more than half of UK cities

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Buying a home now costs less than renting in over half of the cities in the UK, according to new research which shows where monthly mortgage repayments are less than rent. Buying is most cost effective Doncaster, Hull and Bradford while London, Brighton, Bristol and Swansea are the only cities where it is more cost effective to rent, the study from Strata Homes shows. Using available statistics, the firm has calculated the average sale price of two bedroom properties in the UK and worked out the typical average monthly mortgage repayments in contrast with average monthly rental fees of two bedroom properties. The research also reveals that monthly mortgage repayments or using the ISA help to buy scheme works out cheaper than renting in over half of UK cities Doncaster, Hull and Bradford scored the top three cheapest areas in the UK to purchase a house, with mortgage repayments totalling as little as £520 per month for a two bedroom house in Glasgow in comparison to £729 average rent per month. In Peterborough, a first time buyer using the ISA scheme would actually save £344 a month paying off a standard mortgage on a house than renting one. To rent a two bedroom house in Manchester would cost an average of £762 a month, but to buy would mean only paying an average monthly mortgage repayment of £676 per month. While to live in the second city, Birmingham residents would only be paying a £2 difference to own a home over renting per month. ‘Once you get over the initial deposit sum, people are surprised at how much you can save in some areas of the UK than to rent. Thanks to the Government's ISA Help to Buy scheme, it is easier than ever to get onto the property ladder with over 3,000 accounts opened so far this year,’ said Gemma Smith, sales director at Strata Homes. She pointed out that from the research gathered, southern cities such as London, Brighton, Bristol and Swansea were least cost effective when buying a house due to sky high house prices. Taylor Scott International

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