Help to Buy
With Help to Buy, the buyer ('you') buys a new home on an approved new build development with assistance from the Government in the form an equity loan.
You must take out a first mortgage (with a qualifying lending institution e.g. a bank or building society). This mortgage, together with any cash contribution from you, must be a minimum of 60% of the full purchase price. The maximum full purchase price is set at £600,000. PLEASE NOTE: There are no household income restrictions but you will be required to undergo an affordability check.
The Government will provide an equity loan to fund the balance needed to make up the full purchase price of your home, up to a maximum of 40% of the full purchase price. The equity loan must be repaid when you sell your home, at which point you must repay the same percentage of the proceeds of the sale to the Government as the initial equity loan (i.e. if you received an equity loan for 40% of the purchase price of your home, you must repay 40% of the proceeds of the sale).
In addition, you can, if you wish, make voluntary part repayments of the equity loans ('staircasing').
The equity loan is interest free for the first five years. After that, you will pay a fee on the equity loan of 1.75%, rising annually by the increase (if any) in the Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 1%.
If you purchase a home through Help to Buy, you will have 100% title to your home and you can sell it on the open market without restriction, subject to the repayment of the equity loan.
If you are interested in accessing Help to Buy in London please visit http://www.helptobuylondon.co.uk/
19th March 2017
Saturday 18th March saw over 4,400 attendees to London’s No.1 event for first time buyers, the London Home Show Spring 2017.
With 47 exhibitors under one roof, the event offered attendees the opportunity to speak to the biggest names in the first time buyer sector, including housing providers, financial advisors, legal experts and more. Attendees could register their interest in the properties and services on offer from exhibitors, and thousands of leads were generated over the course of the day.
15th March 2017
This guest blog comes from Southern Home Ownership, sponsors of the London Home Show Spring 2017.
Southern Home Ownership is part of Southern Housing Group; one of southern England's largest housing associations, with a growing portfolio of over 26,000 homes across London and the South East. We’ve been helping buyers onto the property ladder for over 30 years, making home ownership a reality for more than 4000 households.
15th March 2017
Our latest guest blog comes from L&Q, sponsors of the London Home Show Spring 2017. The blog, by L&Q Regional Sales Director, Lucy Chitty, looks at L&Q's new Shared Ownership awareness campaign, PricedIn Living.
14th March 2017
Millennials in the UK will spend an average of £53,000 in rent by the time they turn 30, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. With many young people unable to buy their own property as they are paying so much in rent, increasing numbers are choosing to live with parents while they save. For those without this option, Shared Ownership offers an alternative, allowing purchasers to get on the ladder with a much smaller deposit.
FIRST STEPS is committed to the promotion of all types of accessible housing in London. We want to make the journey into your new home as simple as possible and to be sure that you know what to look for when searching for an affordable accessible home. All developments must be rated according to the type of accessibility they offer. That is why we have the following guide, based on the information provided in the Mayor of London's Accessible Housing Register, to help you understand what the rating of each property actually means.
A - Wheelchair Accessible Throughout
Meets the design standards from the Wheelchair Housing Design Guide which superseded the Housing Corporation wheelchair design standards. These properties have been designed to meet latest wheelchair accessible housing design standards, offering extra space and full access to all rooms and facilities. This standard provides more space than previous wheelchair housing design guidance and also ensures that all rooms are accessibly. In view of the high density of new build housing stock in London, the parking features have been excluded from this category. This will enable wheelchair accessible homes built above ground floor level to be categorised as such.
B - Wheelchair Accessible essential rooms
Complies with the Wheelchair Housing Design Guidance within the Housing Corporation Scheme Development Standards. Properties designed of adapted to provide access for wheelchair users to essential facilities of the property (that is, a bedroom, bathroom, toilet, living room and kitchen). Other rooms in the house such as additional bedrooms or bathrooms may not be wheelchair accessible.
C - Lifetime Homes
Meets the space standards of the Lifetime Homes developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Designed to meet the space standards of Lifetime Homes. Main features include a level approach/entrance and wider doorways. This category will capture all new general needs housing built to Lifetime Homes standards. Properties achieving this category will not necessarily meet all Lifetime Homes design guidance as the LAHR framework does not assess features other than space and access. Properties may have an internal flight of stairs. If so, these will be wide enough to accommodate future provision of a stair lift subject to technical feasibility.
D - Easy Access
Compatible with the design standards in Mobility Standard Housing (1974) produced by the DoE and Housing Corporation Scheme Development Standards (pre-1999) and Part M of Building Regulations (2000). The main features of these properties include a level approach to the entrance, wider doorways and more space than in general needs housing. These properties may also have an internal flight of stairs and if so, there is enough space to accommodate future provision of a stair lift subject to technical feasibility.
E - Step Free
No published access design guidance. These are properties that are considered general needs housing but have a level approach/entrance into the property and throughout. Properties in this category that have an internal flight of stair will be likely to accommodate future provision of a stair lift subject to technical feasibility.
E+. Minimal steps
No published access design guidance. Properties that do not meet any accessibly housing design guidance and have a limited number of steps to enter the property. Properties in this category will have no more than four steps to access the front door and are likely to be ground floor properties or properties in a block with a lift and a small number of communal or property front door steps.
F - General Needs
General needs housing does not meet any of the above criteria. Properties in this category will have more than four steps or a ramp access that is steeper than 1:10 to access the property front door. These properties should be marketed with the number of steps to access the property as this will provide an additional factor for helping people choosing what to bid for.
The Accessible Housing Register captures the essential information which determines the category awarded to a property. Additional information is also collected. This includes:
- Details of major adaptations such as level access showers and stair lifts
- Private garden or balcony
- Proximity to local shops
- Proximity to public transport
We are pleased to be advertising Help to Buy properties in London and the Home Counties. Please follow this link to find Help to Buy properties.