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Everything You Need to Know About Help to Buy

7 April 2017

What is the Help To Buy scheme?

Help To Buy is a government strategy that aims to help first-time buyers and existing homeowners secure a property with a deposit as little as 5%.

Help To Buy is an equity loan, which the government will lend buyers who want to purchase a new build property. 

If you apply for Help To Buy, you can only take out a repayment mortgage. This means the mortgage guarantee offered through Help To Buy can be a reassuring safety net to those new to the world of property.

Are there any instances when the Help To Buy scheme isn’t available?

There are some cases in which you wouldn’t be eligible to use the Help To Buy scheme. If you were looking to buy a second home in Devon or a property to rent out, the Help to Buy scheme wouldn’t be available.

The Help To Buy scheme is also only available on properties up to a certain price. In England, the scheme is available on properties costing up to £600,000. Some of our properties are available through the Help to Buy scheme – simply speak to a sales executive about your options. 

How might the Help To Buy scheme look when broken down? 

Let’s say you’ve found your ideal new home in North Devon and the asking price is £300,000.

The deposit required would be £15,000 (5% of the property’s total price). 

The equity loan would cover £60,000 (20% of the total).

The mortgage would then stand at £225,000 (the remaining 75% of the cost of the property).

For the first five years after your purchase, you won’t be charged any interest on your mortgage. 

After that point, the interest rate will be 1.75% of the loan. 

After seven years, the rate of interest will increase from 1.75% to 1.75% + RPI + 1%, where RPI is inflation based on the Retail Prices Index.

If you would like to make your dream new home in North Devon a reality, be sure to register your interest in our upcoming Mazzard View development in Landkey. For more information on Help To Buy, click here or visit the Gov.uk site.