Help to Buy: Equity Loan

Equity loans are available to first time buyers as well as homeowners looking to move. The home you want to buy must be newly built with a price tag of up to £600,000.

You won’t be able to sublet this home or enter a part exchange deal on your old home. You must not own any other property at the time you buy your new home with a Help to Buy: Equity Loan.

This scheme is available in England only. The Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Housing Executive run similar schemes, further information can be found on their websites.

With a Help to Buy: Equity Loan the Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, so you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest.

You won’t be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home.

Example for a home with a £200,000 price tag:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the home in the example above sold for £210,000, you’d get £168,000 (80% from your mortgage and the cash deposit) and you’d pay back £42,000 on the loan (20%). You’d need to pay off your mortgage with your share of the money.

For more information (including advice on fees and paying back your loan) please download the Help to Buy buyers’ guide (PDF).

To reflect the current property prices in London, the upper limit for the equity loan it gives new home-buyers within Greater London increases to 40%. Find out more about London Help to Buy here.


The Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme is run by Government-appointed Help to Buy agents. They can guide you through your purchase, from providing general information about the scheme to dealing with your application. You can also look out for the Help to Buy logo on new-build developments and ask about the scheme there.

You can get more help and advice from the Money Advice Service and other useful contacts.

Your local Help to Buy agent can guide you through the options available and explain the eligibility and affordability criteria. Help to Buy agents are appointed by Homes England.

Help to Buy agents administer the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme. They have the authority to give the go-ahead for you to purchase a home with help from the equity loan scheme.

Your local Help to Buy agent can guide you through the options available and explain the eligibility and affordability criteria. Help to Buy agents are appointed by: