Help to Buy

Help to Buy

Thinking of using the Help to Buy: Equity Loan to by your new build home?

The Help to Buy: Equity Loan can provide you with a way of buying your brand new home (New Build) and you are able to borrow 20% from this scheme meaning that you can put as little as 5% deposit, yourself.  This scheme is only available until 2019 where it will be replaced by the Help to Buy ISA.

 

The Help to Buy: Equity Loan should be carefully considered to determine if this is the right solutions for you.  Its worth remembering at the end of year 5, you will be charged interest on the original amount you borrowed.

 

Additionally, when the loan is repaid you will have to repay 20% of the future value which could be more than the original 20% you borrowed from the governments housing scheme.  Help to Buy works for customers who have a specific plan to save and repay the loan.

 

Alternatives solutions included borrowing more from the lender at the outset.  Our team of mortgage experts will discuss all options with you to make sure you are able to make an informed choice.  If you would like to speak to one of our experts, now, then simply complete this form and we will call you.  

 

We’d strongly advise you to obtain financial advice, particularly if you are arranging a mortgage.  Our mortgage advisors will be able to advise you about mortgages which suit your particular circumstances.

 

You’ll also need a solicitor (or conveyancer) to carry out the legal work involved in buying your home and you will be charged for this service.

 

Common questions asked?

 

Where does the funding for the Help to Buy equity loan come from?

Help to Buy is funded by the government.  If you are eligible, you will be helped to buy with an equity loan which is secured as a second charge against your property.

 

What is the maximum amount of help I can get with the scheme?

 

Help to Buy Equity Loan is only available on new build properties from participating developers.

 

Is Help to Buy only available on new build properties or can I choose any property via an estate agent?

 

Equity Loans are linked to the value of your home, so if its value goes up, the amount you pay back goes up by the same percentage.  So, if your property originally cost £200,000 and then goes up in value by 10%, the amount you pay back would also go up by 10%. For example:

      

  • Your home costs £200,000 when you buy it

  • You have a 20% equity loan of £40,000

  • Your home is worth £250,000 when you sell it, (or redeem your loan)

  • You pay back 20% of £250,000 which is £50,000

 

Will my equity loan remained fixed or will I have to pay back more than I originally borrowed?

 

Yes, the Help to Buy equity loan is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners.  You will need to sell your existing property when you buy through Help to Buy. Your new home must be your principal residence and you cannot keep your old property and rent it out.

 

I already own a property but it’s too small for my family now. Can I buy a bigger property using Help to Buy Equity Loan?

 

Yes, the Help to Buy equity loan is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners.  You will need to sell your existing property when you buy through Help to Buy. Your new home must be your principal residence and you cannot keep your old property and rent it out.

 

Is there a limit on how much I earn in order to be eligible for Help to Buy?

 

There is no income cap for people wanting to buy through Help to Buy.  You will probably need a 5% deposit for your new home and will also need to be able to cover the costs of moving ie solicitors fees, removals, stamp duty (if applicable) etc.

 

I already own a property abroad but I don’t want to sell it. Would I still be eligible for Help to Buy Equity Loan to purchase a property in this country?

 

If you currently own a property, whether in the UK or abroad, you must sell it when you buy your Help to Buy property – you cannot own two properties under this scheme.

 

How can I find out the more details of the Help to Buy Scheme?

 

The government has produced a comprehensive Help to Buy Buyers' Guide.  

 

What happens when I want to move?

 

When you want to move home, you sell your property on the open market.  Your solicitor will liaise with the Help to Buy Mortgage Administrator, Target HCA  www.myfirsthome.org.uk so that you pay back your equity loan when you complete on the sale.  The amount you pay back will be linked to the value of your property at the time you sell.

 

Can I pay back the equity loan in stages?

 

The Help to Buy scheme allows you to repay all or part of your equity loan. A partial repayment is often called “staircasing’. Staircasing payments can be made at any time and must be a minimum of 10% of your home’s prevailing market value.

The Help to Buy Mortgage Administrator, Target HCA,  will be able to assist you with this. You can contact them here:  www.myfirsthome.org.uk

 

Is my equity loan interest-free?

 

You will not have to pay any interest on your equity loan for the first five years after purchase.  From year 6 a monthly fee of 1.75% will be levied. This fee will increase by RPI + 1% every year.

In addition, from the day you purchase your new home, you will pay a monthly management fee of £1 which continues until the equity loan is repaid.

 

Can I sub-let my Help to Buy property?

 

You cannot normally sub-let a Help to Buy property without first paying back all your equity loan.

However, if you are a serving member of the Armed Forces and your tour of duty requires you to move away, you may be able to sub-let.  In this case, you would need to get the agreement of your mortgage lender and the Help to Buy Mortgage Administrator, Target HCA, ( www.myfirsthome.org.uk).

 

Can I buy a Help to Buy property off plan?

 

Yes, you are able to reserve a new home off plan, ie before the property is actually built, up to 9 months before completion.  However, you cannot exchange contracts earlier than 6 months before completion of the sale. You also need to ensure that your mortgage offer is valid through to completion.

 

Do I need to complete a Help to Buy Midlands application form in order to apply for Help to Buy Equity Loan?

 

You do not need to complete a Help to Buy Midlands application form if you only want to apply for Help to Buy Equity Loan.  Once you have found a property that you are interested in buying under the scheme (a newly built property from a participating developer), you should complete the developer’s Reservation Form and a Help to Buy Property Information Form and these will then be passed to us to signify your intention to apply.  We will use these forms to assess your eligibility for the scheme.

 

Do the fees payable from year 6 act as repayments on my equity loan?

The fees you pay from year 6 are not repayments of your loan.  You can opt to repay all or part of your equity loan at any point, but your loan will not be paid off by your fee payments.

 

Can I part exchange my existing property if I buy through Help to Buy Equity Loan?

Part exchange is not allowed if you buy using a Help to Buy Equity Loan.

 

Can I go directly to a mortgage lender to arrange my mortgage rather than using a Financial Advisor or Mortgage Broker?

You can go directly to the mortgage lender if you prefer but you may get more support throughout the process if you use a financial advisor or mortgage broker who is familiar with the Help to Buy Equity Loan.

 

When do I have to re-pay my equity loan?

You will have to repay the loan either when you sell your home or when you have repaid your mortgage in full or 25 years after you took the loan out, whichever is sooner.

 

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THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME.  REPAYING YOUR DEBTS OVER A LONGER PERIOD CAN REDUCE YOUR PAYMENTS BUT COULD INCREASE THE TOTAL INTEREST YOU PAY. 

 

 

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