Is it getting easier to buy a house in the UK?
15 September 2012 Last updated at 09:22 BST
It is now cheaper to buy rather than rent a property, according to new figures from Halifax.
It says low interest rates and a drop in house prices have made buying a home more affordable.
But many potential first-time buyers still struggle to secure the finance needed to get onto the housing ladder.
Theo Leggett reports.