Jargon Busting: London Help to Buy

London Help to Buy explained in 30 seconds

How is the Help to Buy equity loan different in London?

As part of our Jargon Busting in 30 seconds or less series, we’ve taken a look at the London Help to Buy equity loan and how the scheme can help budding buyers in the capital find a home to call their own.

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.

If you’re buying in London, the government provides a loan of up to 40% of the home, so the purchaser only needs to raise a 5% deposit, with a 55% 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.

While London Help to Buy became available in February 2016, the process is almost identical to the normal Help to Buy equity loan just with an increased upper limit of the loan from 20% to 40%.

For information on Help to Buy outside of the capital, you can check out our Help to Buy jargon busting video. To find out more about the Help to Buy scheme, you can also check out our other articles below:

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!

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