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The Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme

What is the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme?

It’s a Government-backed scheme to help first time buyers buy a new home with just a 5% deposit, and a loan of up to 20% of the maximum purchase price of £437,000. The loan is interest free for the first five years. (Different rates apply to new homes in London & other areas of the country).

Is the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme just for First Time Buyers?

A. Yes, a new scheme came into place at the beginning of April 2021 which is for first time buyers only, this replaces the previous scheme was open to everyone.

Who can apply for this Scheme?

A. Anyone buying their first home or their main residence, it’s not available if you have owned a home before, either on your own or with another person.

Do I have to pay anything to use this scheme?

Not initially, but you will be paying £1.00 per month for a management fee until the loan is repaid.  You will start paying interest on the loan in year 6 which is currently 1.75% in year 6 then 1.75% plus any increase in the Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 1% in each of the flowing years.

If I use this scheme how much mortgage will I need?

If you are borrowing the maximum 20% of the purchase price on a Help to Buy Equity Loan, you’ll also need to have a 5% deposit, this will leave you 75% to cover, with a mortgage or funds.

How much deposit do I need?

You’ll need to pay a 5% deposit when you exchange Contracts.

When do I have to repay the loan?

The Equity Loan must be repaid after 25 years or earlier if you sell your home.

Can I repay the loan early?

Yes you can pay it all or part of it back at any time, with a minimum of 10% of the prevailing market value of your home.

How can I get more information on Help to Buy?

For more information click here

How do I apply for the Scheme?

The scheme is run by Government-appointed agents. In our region this is currently the Agent for the South: Telephone 0800 456 11 88. Your Financial Advisor will be able to help you to complete the Application Form, take a look at our Buyers Guide – Financial, for more information.

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