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Help To Buy

What is the Help to Buy Scheme?

The Help to Buy: Equity Loan is a Government-funded scheme that’s helping both first time buyers and homeowners move up on the property ladder. The scheme means you can buy your new home with just a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage from a commercial lender to make up the rest. 

Key points 

  • The Help to Buy loan is worth up to 20% of your new home, meaning you own 100%  and pay just 80% of the price upfront. 
  • This loan is interest-free for the first 5 years, helping you manage the initial cost of purchasing your new home.
  • You can repay your loan at any time, and any outstanding amount can be repaid in full when you sell your home to move up the property ladder.
  • The aim is created to help you to get on the property ladder or progress to a larger home sooner with financial support.  

How does it Work?

In effect, this scheme lets you own 100% of your new home and pay just 80% of the price upfront. Your minimum 5% cash deposit, with the maximum 20% offered by the government, means you only need to seek a mortgage based on the remaining 75% of the house price.

Who is Eligible?

The initial Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme is available to both first-time buyers and homeowners looking to move, and runs until March 2021. The new home you wish to purchase must be newly built with a maximum value of £600,000. You cannot sublet the new home and the scheme is closed to buy-to-let investors. If you’re an existing homeowner, you cannot use your old home in a part-exchange deal. At the time of purchase of your new home using a Help to Buy: Equity Loan, you must not own any other property.

The Help to Buy Scheme Extension

The initial deadline was set for March 2021, and while the Help to Buy scheme as we know it will end at this time, an extension of the scheme with changes to the eligibility criteria will run from April 2021 until March 2023. The extension will only be available to first time buyers purchasing a new home, and price caps will be set based on the average price of first homes in each region of the UK. 

Find Out More

Our Help to Buy Locations

Strata offer homes under the Help to Buy scheme across all our developments. You can view our developments here, or follow the quick links below:

Leeds Hull Doncaster Wakefield Leicester The Midlands
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