The Help to Buy scheme is available to existing homeowners and first-time buyers. There will be a new Help to Buy scheme only available for first time buyers from 1st April 2021.
A Help to Buy Equity Loan is a great way into home ownership when you only have a small deposit available. Under the government backed scheme you can borrow 40% of a property’s value (20% outside London) as long as you can provide a further 5% of the value as deposit. You would then need to secure a mortgage for the remaining 75% (55% in London).
As an example, if you were to buy a qualifying home for £200,000 the Help to Buy Equity Loan on a home outside of London would cover 20% of the value (£40,000). You would need to contribute 5% to the deposit (£10,000) you would then require a mortgage for the remaining 75% of the value (£150,000).
If you decide to sell your home at a later stage, the same percentages apply. For example, if the value had risen to £210,000 the government would be due £42,000 (20% of £210,000) and you would receive £10,500 (5% of £210,000) plus £157,500 (75% of 210,000) a total of £168,000 from which you would need to pay of whatever was left on the mortgage.
You will not have to pay any fees on the loan for the first five years and you have to meet the criteria below to qualify:
Watch the video below to see how it all works:
Detailed information on Help to Buy Equity Loans: https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/equity-loan/equity-loans/