Jargon Busting: Help to Buy

Help to Buy explained in 30 seconds

What do I need to know about the Help to Buy equity loan?

As part of our Jargon Busting in 30 seconds or less mini-series, we’ve taken a look at the Help to Buy equity loan and what the scheme involves.

Help to Buy is a government backed scheme which aims to help first time buyers get a foot onto the property ladder. The Help to Buy equity loan enables purchasers to buy a new build home with the help of an equity loan, also known as shared equity.

The government provides a loan of up to 20% of the home, so the purchaser only needs to raise a 5% deposit, with a 75% mortgage making up the rest. As the equity loan counts towards your deposit, you may be able to take out a mortgage where you might otherwise struggle. This also means that you don’t have to take out a costly 95% mortgage. Please note that the Help to Buy: Equity Loan is subject to eligibility, terms and conditions.

For more information on Help to Buy, check out our other articles below:

Government Equity Loan
Learn more about the Help to Buy: Equity Loan on the government website.
Help to Buy Agents
For questions about the application process, contact the Help to Buy Agent in your area. 

If there is any home buying terminology that you find confusing, or if you have queries about the Help to Buy or Shared Ownership schemes, let us know at @SharetoBuy on TwitterFacebook or Instagram and we can help answer your questions!

Share to Buy is a one stop shop for affordable homes. On our website, you can search for propertiescompare mortgages, and find out all you need to know about alternative home buying schemes using our FAQs and guides.