Owning a home is now cheaper than renting in all parts of the UK – once you can actually get on the housing ladder.

The claim comes from Santander which says households could save £2,268 a year if they were able to purchase a property rather than rent.

This is based on HomeLet data showing that the average monthly rent in the UK is currently £912 per household, compared with monthly repayments of £723 for the average first-time buyer.

This then gives home owners a saving of £189 a month or £2,268 a year compared with renters.

The bank’s research is based on some bold claims, though. It uses Land Registry data to take an average first-time buyer house price of £213,462 and assumes a 76% loan-to-value mortgage at 2.48% with no fees.

There is also a regional breakdown showing the biggest annual savings are in London, at £3,468, while the smallest difference is in the east of England at £516.

There is also the issue of first-time buyers raising a deposit, which Santander puts at £51,905.

Asked how they would raise these funds, one in five said they would consider selling shares in the property, 38% would move back in with their parents while saving for a deposit and 21% said they would give up alcohol to raise the funds.

Miguel Sard, managing director of mortgages at Santander UK, said: “Many first-time buyers understandably focus on the challenge of saving for a deposit and wonder how they will afford a property. However, it is often assumed that when you purchase a property you will be under greater financial pressure, and our research shows the reverse is true.

“Of course, buying a property is a major financial investment with upfront costs to consider, but long-term the financial benefits can be significant.

“With annual savings averaging well over £2,000 this can really mount up over time and of course once the mortgage is paid off you have a valuable asset to show for it.”

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