Jargon Busting: London Help to Buy in 30 seconds or less

‘What is London Help to Buy and how is it different from the Help to Buy equity loan available outside of the capital?’

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 Londoners 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:

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