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Homeowner Schemes

Find out more about the Government Schemes including, Help to Build, First Home Scheme and Shared Ownership.

Help To Build – Equity Loan

The Help to Build scheme is a government scheme that is available to people in England to enable them to custom-build or self-build their own home.

So, if you have ever dreamed of building your own home, Help to Build can make building your own home a reality, even if you only have a small deposit.

A ‘custom build’ or ‘self-build’ home means that you can decide on everything from:

  • The Design – Incorporating features that suit your lifestyle, such as energy efficiency and smart technology
  • The Internal Layout – Designing a home that will suit you and your family’s specific needs
  • The Location – homes can often be the size and scale you want, built on smaller plots of land available for development in the area you want to live.

With Help to Build, the government offers you an equity loan based on the estimated costs to enable you to buy a plot of land and build the home.

The equity loan amount can be between 5% to 20% (up to 40% in London) of the total estimated cost and if eligible, you can spend up to £600,000 on your new home.

This must, however, include the cost of the land if you don’t already own it, and cost no more than £400,000 to build it.

You could be eligible if:

  • You are 18 years old or over, and have a right to live in England
  • You will live in the newly-built home as your only home
  • You can secure a self-build mortgage from a lender registered with Help to Build

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First Homes Scheme

The First Homes scheme is a new government scheme designed to help local first-time buyers and key workers purchase their first home.

These First Homes will be offered on a limited number of plots in most new developments and will be discounted by at least 30% compared to market price, with the discount potentially increasing by up to 50% in some areas.

The amazing this is that the discount will apply to these specific homes FOREVER for new buyers

There are a few conditions that are worth noting, including:

  • Post-discount price caps on the first sale of the property of £250,000 across England and £420,000 in London (or lower if set by the local authority)
  • A First Home should be the buyers only home. A purchaser will need to use a mortgage or home purchase plan for at least 50% of the purchase price of the home
  • To apply, you need to check whether the builder is currently including First Homes as part of the development. If they are, you must then qualify through the eligibility criteria and apply through the builder.

You could be eligible if:

  • You are a local first-time buyer or keyworker
  • You have a household income not exceeding £80,000 and £90,000 in London. (Or lower if set by the local authority)

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Shared Ownership Mortgage

A shared ownership mortgage is one of the government schemes available for people who can’t quite afford the 100% mortgage of a property.

This means that you buy a share of a property (between 10% and 75% of the home’s value) and then you pay rent on the remaining share, with the option to buy bigger shares later on if/when you can afford to.

You could be eligible if:

  • Your household earns up to £80,000 a year or up to £90,000 in London.
  • You are a first-time buyer, you used to own a home but cannot afford to buy one now or if you are an existing shared owner and you are looking to move.

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