Help to Buy England
YOU CAN AFFORD MORE THAN YOU THINK WITH HELP TO BUY.
With a Help to Buy: Equity Loan, the Government lends first time homebuyers up to 20% of the cost of the property, so you’ll be
able to own a beautiful Story Home with only a 5% cash deposit. Then you’d get a 75% mortgage to make up the rest.
This means you can afford more than you might think. The loan is interest-free for the first five years, however you will be charged a small £1 admin fee every month. The loan can be paid back at any point or upon the sale of your home.
Please note that Help to Buy is available subject to eligibility, terms and conditions.
EQUITY LOAN EXAMPLE ON A £180,000 STORY HOME PROPERTY
Who can use Help to Buy?
The Help to Buy scheme is only available to first time homebuyers.
How do I repay the equity loan?
You can pay this loan back in full at any time or upon the sale of your home, the term of the loan is 25 years. The equity loan is interest-free for the first five years, however you will be charged a small £1 admin fee every month. You will be charged interest on the loan from year six. All rates can be found on the Help to Buy website.
If you choose to pay the loan back upon the sale of your home, the amount you pay back will be determined by the selling price of your home – for example, if you borrowed 20% of the value at the time of purchase, you will owe 20% of the value at the time of selling.
Can I put down more than a 5% deposit?
As a minimum, you need a 5% deposit to use the Help to Buy scheme, however you can put down a larger deposit which would reduce the equity loan you receive from the Government.
For example, if you reserve with a 10% deposit, the equity loan will be 10% and you would get an 80% mortgage to make up the rest.
Can I use Help to Buy on any Story home?
There are regional price caps that determine which Story homes can be purchased with Help to Buy. In Cumbria and the North West the maximum property value it can be used on is £224,400. In the North East, it’s £186,100.
Can I own more than one property with Help to Buy?
You can only own one property while the Help to Buy equity loan repayment is outstanding. Once you have paid the loan back in full you can purchase a second home.
How can I find out if I can use Help to Buy and afford a Story home?
You can speak to one our helpful Sales Executives who will give you the contact details of an independent financial advisor, who can advise you what you can afford and whether Help to Buy is right for you.
If you are not eligible for an Equity Loan, don’t worry, we have other schemes to help get you moving if Help to Buy isn’t right for you.
Your dream Story Home awaits.
Terms & Conditions
Help to Buy: Equity Loan (2021-2023): Eligible homebuyers can borrow 5% to 20% (40% in London) of the market value of a newly built home. Regional property price limits will apply. The equity loan is interest free for 5 years; monthly interest payments start at 1.75% and rise each year in April by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 2%. Pay a £1 monthly management fee from the start. Repay your equity loan at the end of your mortgage or equity loan term, when you sell your home or any time before. The lender, Homes England, secures the equity loan as a second charge on your home. Help to Buy is subject to eligibility, terms and conditions: www.helptobuy.gov.uk. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your repayment mortgage, equity loan or other loans secured against it.