Help to Buy Mortgages
The Government has introduced “incentive schemes” such as the Help to Buy Equity loan, which is only applicable for new build properties. This is available for first-time buyers and movers. However from April 2021, the new scheme will only be available for first time buyers.
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The Government will provide a 20% (40% in London) Help to Buy Equity Loan which doesn’t require any repayment in the first 5 years. You will still need a 5% deposit but your mortgage will be for 75% of the value of the property once the 20% Government Equity Loan is received. This means that you can secure competitive rates of interest usually only on offer to those with a 25% deposit.
After the first five years you have the option to staircase (purchase) part or all of the Equity Loan. If you don’t wish to do so, then interest will be charged on the outstanding balance of the equity loan: this is in addition to your mortgage repayment. This interest rate that is initially charged in year 6 is 1.75% and will increase each year by RPI ( Retail Price Index) plus 1%.
We have worked with numerous clients on this scheme and go beyond what most advisers will do. We complete all the paperwork to submit to the Help to Buy agency, who have to approve that the borrower/s meet the criteria. We will liaise with the builders and obviously the mortgage lenders to ensure that the transaction is as smooth as possible.
Help to Buy ISA
These have now been withdrawn from sale, as of 30th November 2019. People who have opened a Help to Buy ISA can continue to save into these until 30th November 2030. The bonus on the accumulated funds within a Help to Buy ISA must be claimed before 1st December 2030 towards a qualifying property purchase.
This should not be confused with the Help to Buy ISA which was withdrawn as of 30th November 2019.
Features of a lifetime ISA:
- £4,000 max contribution per annum (tax year)
- 25% bonus paid on contribution monthly (max £1,000 per tax year)
- Contributions to the Lifetime ISA fall within the annual ISA contribution allowance of £20,000 (per tax year)
- To open a Lifetime ISA you must be between 18 and 40 years of age
- You can pay into a Lifetime ISA until you reach 50 years of age
- Only First Time Buyers can use a Lifetime ISA to buy a first home. That means you can’t own or have owned a home in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
- The Lifetime ISA must be open for 12 months before you can use the funds (and bonus’s) to purchase your first property.
- The maximum property purchase price for using a Lifetime ISA is £450,000, whether inside or outside London.
- The property you are purchasing using your Lifetime ISA, must be a place for you to live in, not for somewhere you into to rent out or use as a holiday home.
- The mortgage taken out must be on a traditional Capital Repayment basis.
There are other features of the Lifetime ISA, such as being a method of saving for your retirement. For further information, please visit the Governments web site at https://www.gov.uk/lifetime-isa.
New Scheme Information
The Government’s Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme was launched more than seven years ago and has been a huge help to get people onto the property ladder.
However, the scheme was only ever intended to be a temporary way of helping buyers, and as such the Government are planning to phase out the Help to Buy scheme which will completely end in March 2023.
The first big change is that from 1st April 2021 a new Help to Buy England scheme will be launched which will only be available to first-time buyers purchasing a new build property (the changes don’t apply to the Help to Buy schemes in Scotland or Wales). As with the current scheme, the Government will lend buyers up to 20% of the cost of a newly built home, or up to 40% for those purchasing in Central London.
The second big change to Help to Buy England is the introduction of regional property price caps, with each area of the country having a maximum property value that will be eligible for the scheme as illustrated below:
|Region||Price cap for Help to Buy homes
April 2021 to March 2023
|Yorkshire and The Humber||£228,100|
|East of England||£407,400|
If you would like to know more about the Help to Buy Scheme, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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