There were 1.23m homes sold in the UK last year – with a third of purchasers being cash buyers.
Cash buyers comprised 35% of all purchasers; home movers comprised 30%; first-time buyers 25%; and buy-to-let investors 10%.
Henry Pryor did the number crunching based on figures from the HMRC and Council of Mortgage Lenders.
He reckons the proportion of cash buyers was down from 40% in 2014.
* Who bought a cheap house last year? How about one in Wales for £90, and another in Sheffield for £150?
Reader Robert May says that he has found 25,377 properties on the Land Registry records which apparently sold for under £10,000 and we are told the Land Registry is investigating.
As for last year’s £90 house, we understand it was actually sold for £90,000 last summer. It is now back on the market at £134,950.