Help to Buy Scheme Advantages
While not specifically a property investor issue, I think it is important to understand this scheme if only to know how it may affect the property market in general.
In this guest article by professional mortgage advisor, Kevin Hever, he examines the advantages of this new scheme.
An opportunity for some, a lifeline for others.
Up to now buyers have generally needed at least a 10% deposit to get a mortgage.
This new scheme helps people who have more than a 5% deposit but have struggled to build up 10%.
There are two distinctive parts to this scheme in a nutshell they are:-
Help To Buy 1
A 20% loan by the government for any homebuyer towards the purchase of a new build property.
Help To Buy 2
A government guarantee to the banks allowing them to provide more 95% mortgages for any properties.
Please read the case against as well before making a decision
If approved you can get a loan up to 20% of the property's market value (must be a new build) and you don’t pay a penny towards it for 5 years, unless you want to. It’s a great way to get you settled into a property and used to paying the mortgage.
After 5 years you have to pay interest on the loan but it’s very cheap at 1.75% and only goes up linked to RPI (inflation) + 1% each year.
Even if you already own a house and were saving up to buy a new home but struggling to get to the magic 10% figure you may be able to buy a new home under this scheme.
This scheme may allow you to buy a bigger home than you were planning as there’s government help. Taking advantage of this may allow you to be a part of the housing boom predicted by lots of experts, (or part of the housing bubble predicted by others). You can use it to purchase properties worth up to £600,000.
Lots of people think renting is dead money. It’s difficult saving up a deposit whilst renting so this will offer those who want to escape renting a chance to buy.
You will need to find out how much you can borrow from a mortgage lender and house buy agent before proceeding.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Kevin Hever has helped 100's of people into their new homes and offers a unique money back service guarantee for his mortgage customers. Please see his web site at www.cornerstonefinancial.co.uk for details.
More info on the scheme can be found here.