What is Help to Buy?
Available only on brand new homes, the Help to Buy scheme gives financial assistance to purchasers of brand new homes across Great Britain.
Now used as an ‘umbrella’ brand for a variety of government homebuying schemes, the main part of this initiative provides financial assistance to buyers in the form of an equity loan, a lump sum added to the purchaser’s deposit to reduce the size of the mortgage they need. This loan is interest-free for five years and only needs to be repaid when the property is sold. Hundreds of housebuilding companies have signed up to the scheme, and there are just a few eligibility criteria for potential buyers to meet in order to qualify for it.
The latest statistics from the government show that over 100,000 homes were purchased with a Help to Buy equity loan from the launch of the scheme in April 2013 to the end of September 2016, with 80% of them purchased by first-time buyers.