Help to Buy Equity Loan - England and Wales

With the recent changes in stamp duty, and lots of competitive mortgage offers available, there’s never been a better time to buy. And Help to Buy Equity Loan makes it even easier. The Government-backed equity loan scheme means you could move into a new home in England or Wales with just a 5% deposit. If you live in Scotland there's also a separate Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Help to Buy Equity Loan

A mortgage under the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme works like any other mortgage. Your lender will check that you can afford it and that you do not have a history of payment difficulties.

Here’s the criteria you’ll need to meet to qualify for a mortgage under the scheme:

  • The property must be a new-build. All Keepmoat homes in England up to £600,000 qualify for Help to Buy.
  • You can’t own any other property anywhere in the world while you’re under the scheme.
  • Your mortgage must be a repayment one. Interest only, offset and guarantor mortgages are excluded from the scheme.
  • You can’t let out the property to somebody else – it must be the home you plan to live in. Help to Buy is not for investors.
  • Your mortgage can be taken out by an individual or individuals but not by a company.
  • You can’t use Help to Buy Equity Loan with any other Government scheme. 
  • The mortgage used to pay for the remaining 75% must be less than 4.5 times your income.

What happens if I sell my Help to Buy home?

The Help to Buy Equity Loan must be paid in full when you sell your home. And if you received a loan for 20% of the value when you bought the home, you’ll have to pay back 20% of the value when you sell. So if your home has increased in value, you’ll have to pay back a little more than you borrowed. 

An independent valuer will decide what your home is worth and your home needs to be sold on the open market. 

If you’ve already paid back your equity loan, there’s nothing else to pay back to the scheme. 

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