Help to Buy – the facts

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A few of our customers have been confused recently about what the Help to Buy Equity Loan is and whether they are eligible.  Today, we’d like to make the scheme clear so that more of you can benefit from the government’s help.

The Help to Buy Equity Loan is a scheme launched by the HM Government in 2013 and will run until 2020. The goal is to get more homeowners on the property ladder by helping them to buy a new home with only a 5% deposit. It is not restricted to first time buyers and can help anyone in England as long as you meet the criteria.

What are the criteria?

Your home must be less than £600,000

You must not sublet your property

This must be the only property you own, however you do not need to be a first time buyer. You can be an existing homeowner looking to move

It is only available in England, but other regions run similar schemes

How does it work?

The government lends you 20% so that you are able to get a mortgage on your property. This loan is interest free for the first 5 years. After that there will be interest to repay at 1.75% of the loan value. This interest will rise each year (after the first 5 interest free years) with the Retail Price Index plus 1%.

Want to know more?

Help to Buy Equity Loan is available at all our developments. If you would like to know more we can book a quick call in with our independent Help to Buy advisor. If you would like to book one please email us here.

For more information see the Help to Buy website here.

For the full guide please click here


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