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Help to Buy in London

The Help to Buy scheme has been designed to help first-time buyers purchase affordable new build homes.

London Help to Buy was relaunched on 1 April 2021 and offers a 40% equity loan from the government on a five-year interest-free basis. You only have to provide 5% of the new property value for the deposit, on properties up to £600,000.

After the five years of the interest-free equity loan, you will be required to pay an interest fee of 1.75% of the amount you borrowed from the Help to Buy loan. The government equity loan lasts for a maximum of 25 years, or earlier if the property is sold before then. When selling the property, the government must receive 40% of the property value at the point of sale.

Many housebuilders offer the London Help to Buy scheme on their new developments. This scheme is available to first-time buyers who live within the 32 London Boroughs or City of London.

Many buyers who manage to purchase a property through London Help to Buy often find their monthly mortgage payments are far less than they were previously paying for rented accommodation.

Working example

Property price £500,000 (100%)
Initial deposit £25,000    (5%)
Equity loan £200,000    (40%)
Remaining mortgage £275,000    (55%)


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Case Studies
Chris and Ralf in their home at Upton Gardens
6 December 2021
Chris and Ralf Schmidt may have travelled the world, but found that East London was the place they wanted to call home...
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10 February 2021
The Help to Buy assistance scheme has played an essential role in these buyers purchasing their ideal first home...
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Charlotte in her new home at The Gallery
17 December 2019
Charlotte had her heart set on a home at Peabody’s Camberwell development, The Gallery...

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