Help to Buy isn't just for first time buyers

We are half way through the first month of the year and the famous January blues have well and truly hit. You need something to look forward to, whether it is a drink for all you committed Dry January followers, booking your next summer holiday or it could be as big as starting to consider moving home. You may already be aware of the Help to Buy scheme. Introduced back in 2013, the scheme aims to help those struggling to get onto the property ladder, or to move home.

Did you know however that all Help to Buy schemes are not just for first time buyers? Here is a handy guide to Help to Buy from our partners at Mortgage Advice Bureau.

Help to Buy Equity Loans

Who is it for? Homemovers and first time buyers

What is it for? New build homes only

When does it end? 2020

With as little as a 5% deposit, the Help to Buy Equity Loan will allow you to borrow 20% of the purchase price, interest-free for the first five years. In the sixth year, you will pay 1.75%, rising annually by the increase (if any) in the Retail Price Index (RPI), plus 1%. For those in the London area, you can borrow up to 40% of the purchase price.

So if you’re pondering over how you might be able to afford your next move, it’s worth reading the rest of this article that looks at the Equity Loan in more depth.

Perhaps your current home hasn’t gone up in value enough to fund the deposit for your next move, or perhaps the price jump between your current home and the new house you want to move into is too high. In which case, the Help to Buy Equity Loan might be just what you need.

The Help to Buy Equity Loan is excellent for those looking to move home into a new build property that is no more than £600,000 (£300,000 in Wales), but who are struggling to find the funds for a deposit.

So if you already own a small property and are looking to move up the ladder and into a new build, the Equity Loan could give you the boost you need to help get you to where you want to be, without having to wait and build up your savings first.

Finding the deposit is still the largest challenge many buyers are faced with, and since the scheme started, almost two in ten applicants are already existing homeowners in need of that extra boost to move them up the housing ladder.

Why speak to a mortgage broker?

If you are saving hard to secure your deposit for your next home, then you could be a lot closer to moving than you think. Not only can our trusted in house adviser, Amber Hill, explain exactly how the Help to Buy scheme works but she also have access to over 11,000 different mortgage products from 90+ lenders.

Get in touch today to arrange an appointment with Amber. We offer appointments either face-to-face or over the phone; whichever suits you best.