Return of the first-time buyer: Numbers reach five-year high as 216,000 take their first step on property ladder this year

Return of the first-time buyer: Numbers reach five-year high as 216,000 take their first step on property ladder this yearNumber of first-time buyers increase by 12 per cent First-time buyers are getting older and put down bigger deposits than before | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 29 December 2012 First-time home buyer numbers reached a five-year high in 2012, helped by improvements in affordability, a study has found. However, the average age of a first-time buyer has increased to 30, from 29 a year ago, and the typical deposit required is 20 per cent, compared with the deposit of around 10 per cent put down in 2007, Halifax found. Around 216,000 people took their first step on the property ladder in 2012, showing a 12 per cent year-on-year increase and making up two fifths of all house purchase loans.