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Sowerbys guide to the Help to Buy Scheme

Thu 10 Aug 2017

Sowerbys guide to the Help to Buy Scheme

You may have seen the Help to Buy Scheme promoted, particularly on new developments. The perception is that the scheme is available for 1st time buyers only, but if the property you are buying is less than £600,000, you may be entitled even if this is your 2nd or 3rd time of moving.

New homes development

The issue many people have, is that they can afford a monthly repayment on a mortgage, but do not have the capital in place for the large deposit needed for buying a home or moving to your next size home.  

There are 2 main options, the Help to Buy Equity Loan or the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee.

Help to Buy Equity Loan 

As an example, if you find a house worth £200,000, under the Help to Buy Equity Loan you will need to find £10,000 as a deposit, then £150,000 as the mortgage loan and the remaining £40,000 is provided as a loan from the government, which is interest free for 5 years. *

Help to Buy Scheme Mortgage Guarantee.

Under this scheme, you again will need to find 5% of the house value as your deposit, and you then borrow the remaining 95%.  15% of this is provided by the government and will provide a guarantee to your mortgage lender.  This gives banks & building societies peace of mind to lend larger mortgages at lower interest rates, but your monthly repayments will be more than the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme as you are borrowing more.

When you apply for a mortgage under the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme, you will be subject to the same checks as you would with any other mortgage application, which means your credit score will have to meet the lender's requirements. You will also need to be able to prove that you can afford the mortgage repayments.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this scheme further, please get in touch.

Sowerbys currently have a number of sites which are eligible for one of the above schemes. See below for full details.

Lovell Homes

Heath Farm, Holt

The Blackthorn, Plot 10, £509,950   

The Foxglove, Plot 9, £459,950 

The Campion, Plot 8, £509,950 

The Poppy, Plot 67, £309,950 

The Bluebell, Plot 12, £249,950

View all homes at Heath Farm, Holt

Hopkins Homes

Butterfield Meadow, Hunstanton

Plot 58 £215,000

Plot 42 £299,995

 

Heathlands, Common Road, Snettisham

Plot 12 £379,995 including carpet, vinyl, integrated appliances and turf 

 

 

Staithe Place, Wells-next-the-Sea

The Coach House, Plot 87 £279,995 including Stamp Duty and flooring

The Mallard, Plot 117 £279,995 including Stamp Duty and flooring

 

*Help to Buy Equity Loan 

You will need to pay an initial £1 monthly management fee from the start of the £40,000 loan until it is fully repaid, then it is interest-free for the first five years. After that point, the Government will start charging you. In year six, you will have to start paying 1.75% of the original loan's value as interest. And this will climb every year in line with the Retail Price Index (a measure of inflation) plus 1%.

These interest fees are NOT counted towards capital repayments.

"I just wanted to say that we have recently purchased a house via Sowerbys and wanted to comment on the excellent customer service received from Alison Carter. Alison was extremely accommodating from day one; as we live in Hertfordshire and wanted to make only one day trip to view a number of houses initially. After the initial offer was accepted Alison went above and beyond to make sure that exchange happened, liaising between the Vendors, Vendors Solicitors and ourselves. As with all these things something always goes wrong but because of her involvement we believe it was as pain free as possible. Once completion had taken place she helped with meter readings and our keys and an interior designer we have arranged. I know Estate Agents often get bad press and often good news or praise is overlooked or not given so I wanted to say how much we appreciate all Alison’s efforts."
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