Jargon Busting: Help to Buy in 30 seconds or less

‘What is Help to Buy? Is it the same as Shared Ownership? Can I buy a home through the scheme if I’m not a first time buyer?’

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.

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