Information on Help to Buy Scheme

How does it work?

Help to BuyA mortgage supported by the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme works in exactly the same way as any other mortgage except that under the scheme the Government offers lenders the option to purchase a guarantee on mortgage loans.

Because of this support, lenders taking part are able to offer home buyers more high-loan-to-value mortgages (80-95%).

You will still be fully responsible for your mortgage repayments. So if you have a 5% deposit, you will need to take out and pay back a 95% mortgage.

Example: for a home with a £200,000 price tag

Who is eligible?

A mortgage under the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme works like any other mortgage. Your lender will check that you can afford the mortgage and that you do not have a history of payment difficulties.

To qualify for a mortgage supported by Help to Buy mortgage guarantee:

  • the property you are purchasing could be an existing or new-build home in the UK, priced up to £600,000
  • you mustn’t own any other property anywhere in the world at the time you buy your home supported by the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme
  • your mortgage must be a repayment one, not interest only. Offset and guarantor mortgages are also excluded from the scheme
  • you can’t let out the property to somebody else
  • your mortgage can be taken out by an individual or individuals but not by a company
  • you cannot use the mortgage guarantee scheme with any other Government scheme such as Help to Buy: equity loan or shared ownership. Your deposit for the property can’t come from a government scheme either
  • you don’t have to pay any additional fee to Government to get a Help to Buy supported mortgage

The Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme will run for three years until 31 December 2016.

How to apply

The Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme is offered by mortgage lenders across the UK.

Contact us and let us help you with your Help to Buy mortgage application.

You can get more help and advice from the Money Advice Service and other useful contacts.

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