More first-time buyers took out mortgages in 2017 than in any year since the financial crisis reports UK Finance. There were 365,000 first-time buyers in the UK, the highest number since 2006 and an increase of 7.4% compared with 2016. This growth though is expected to cool in 2018 and the buy-to-let market is also "less buoyant" (BBC News)

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