In the past four years the Help to Buy scheme has helped more than 200,000 people buy a newly-built home. The scheme now accounts for one in 12 of all first-time buyers making homeownership more achievable for people up and down the UK. If you’re a first time buyer it can be difficult to raise a large deposit to purchase your first home. With Help to Buy you only need just a 5% deposit to get a mortgage.
When Did It Begin?
The first phase started in April 2013 in England. This saw the government begin offering a 20% equity loan to buyers of newly-built properties. When the property is sold, the government reclaims its loan. So if the value of the property has gone up, the government will inherit the capital growth.
In November 2015 George Osborne announced that the equity loan scheme in England would be extended to 2021. Originally it had been due to end in December 2016.
How Does It Work?
You provide a 5% deposit
The government will provide an equity loan of up to 20% of the value of your property
You obtain a 75% mortgage
The equity loan is interest free for the first five years
You repay the Help to Buy equity loan (it can be repaid at any time or on the sale of your home)
If the home in the example above sold for £210,000, you’d get £168,000 (80%, from your mortgage and the cash deposit) and you’d pay back £42,000 on the loan (20%). You’d need to pay off your mortgage with your share of the money.
Who Is Eligible?
Both first-time buyers and existing homeowners are eligible for the scheme. However, the home you purchase must be your only residence. It is not available to assist buy-to-let investors or anyone who owns another property.
The terms of the scheme vary between England, Scotland, Wales and London, so take a look at the Help to Buy Scheme in your area for more details.
How Can This Benefit Me?
If you’re interested in the Help to Buy scheme, you can contact one of our expert Property Consultants to discuss your requirements and view the various homes we have on offer. Click the button below or call 0161 274 0472.