Trying to get your foot on the property ladder can be a challenge. But fear not -there’s help out there!
Student debt coupled with an entry-level first job can make it tough to save money for your deposit. To help more young people buy their first home, the Government has introduced a number of different Help to Buy schemes.
Help to Buy Equity Loan allows you to put down a 5% deposit on a new build home of up to £600,000, depending on where you live.
The maximum purchase price depends where you live:
Region Max. property purchase price
North East £186,100
North West £224,400
Yorkshire and the Humber £228,100
East Midlands £261,900
West Midlands £255,600
East of England £407,400
South East £437,600
South West £349,000
There are different Equity Loan schemes for England, Greater London, Wales andScotland, and they all vary slightly.
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Remember that if your Equity Loan is 20% of the value of the property, and the value of your home goes up overtime, you’ll need to repay 20% of the new value of the property when you sell it. Or pay off your Equity Loan, not the original amount that you borrowed.
Equally, if the value of the property decreases then you’ll be liable to pay 20% of the reduced value of the property at the point you sell it, or when you repay your EquityLoan, not the original amount that you borrowed.
Find out more about the Help to Buy Equity Loan here.
If you’d like to save towards either your first home and you’re over 18 and under 40, you can apply for a Lifetime ISA.
With a Lifetime ISA, you can save up to £4,000 per year, and the Government will give you a 25% bonus on your savings. You can save up to £4,000 per year until you’re 50.
You can use the savings and bonus from your Lifetime ISA towards the purchase of your first home, as long as the house you buy is valued under £450,000.
If two first time buyers are purchasing together, you can combine your savings and bonuses from both of your Lifetime ISAs.
You can find out more about the Lifetime ISA here.
If you can’t afford the mortgage on a home, the Shared Ownership lets you buy a share and pay rent on the rest.
Over time, you can choose to increase the size of your mortgage in 1% increments until you own the whole house – this is called ‘stair casing.’
This is ideal for anyone who might be struggling to save the money for a deposit, as you can put down a small deposit on the share you own.
Typically, you would get a mortgage on the share that you buy (between 10-75%),and pay a deposit of 5% on this amount. This makes it easier for those people on lower incomes or who are struggling to save a deposit.
You could apply for Shared Ownership in England if:
To find out more about Shared Ownership, click here.
The Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme will run until 2023, and the Help to Buy Shared Ownership Scheme will end in 2026.
So perhaps with a little help, becoming a homeowner could be closer than you think. Speak to an adviser today to find out what your options are.
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