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Help to Buy is here to help

The Government's new Help to Buy scheme now makes it possible to buy a new or existing home with just a 5% deposit.

How does it work?

With a Help to Buy: equity loan the Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your new-build home, so you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest.

You won’t be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home.

Example: for a home with a £200,000 price tag

Help to Buy Equity Loan Example

If the home in the example above sold for £210,000, you’d get £168,000 (80%, from your mortgage and the cash deposit) and you’d pay back £42,000 on the loan (20%). You’d need to pay off your mortgage with your share of the money.

For more information (including advice on fees and paying back your loan) please download the Government Help to Buy: equity loan buyers’ guide (PDF, 309kB) or visit http://www.helptobuy.org.uk for more information.