According to new research released today, first time buyers are finding their feet in the property market and relying less on the Bank of Mum and Dad for support. Clydesdale and Yorksh...

According to new research released today, first time buyers are finding their feet in the property market and relying less on the Bank of Mum and Dad for support.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks' Annual First Time Buyers Survey has revealed that 46% of the nation's first time buyers needed help in saving for their deposit in 2014.

This compares with 63% in 2013 and 78% in 2012.

Steve Fletcher, Head of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Retail Network, said: “It has been very encouraging to see the recovery of the property market with lending to first time buyers at the highest level for seven years. It is also positive that the number of first time buyers relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad to get on the property ladder has decreased significantly. This reflects the increased availability of first time buyer mortgages with a low deposit as well as growing economic confidence particularly among housebuyers.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks were one of only a handful of lenders which continued to provide a range of mortgages for first time buyers with a 5% deposit during the economic downturn and the Banks continue to support this market.”

The research also underlined some stark regional first time buyer differences with 27% in Yorkshire receiving support from their parents compared to 57% in the South West.