- Some 19,400 loans worth £2.5 billion were taken out by first-time buyers in April, a 1% decrease on the previous month.
- Activity among first-time buyers in the first four months of the year has been stronger than during the same period a year ago, with 11% more loans advanced.
- First-time buyers made up 46% of all loans to home buyers in April, "considerably" higher than the 38% average seen since 2007.
- Lending was two-thirds higher in April than in the same month last year, although the ending of a stamp duty concession for this sector distorted the market.
- The latest figures also show that first-time buyers now need to put down a 19% deposit on average, compared with 20% in March
- Mortgage availability has shown a sharp increase since last August and lenders have slashed their rates since the Government launched a scheme to help boost the market.
More top news
There was an "alarming" increase in the number of death sentences issued around the world last year, Amnesty International has said.
Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain, Australian researchers say.
Madonna says she still cannot bring herself to watch footage of the moment she fell on stage while performing at the Brit Awards.