Friday, March 5, 2021
HM GOVERNMENT: HELP TO BUY: How does it work?

HM GOVERNMENT: HELP TO BUY: How does it work?


The scheme comes to an end very soon so take advantage and buy your first home with Help to Buy….

With a Help to Buy: Equity Loan the Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built 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 scheme 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 our Help to Buy buyers’ guide (PDF).

London Help to Buy

To reflect the current property prices in London, from February 2016 the Government is increasing the upper limit for the equity loan it gives new home-buyers within Greater London from 20% to 40%.

If you are looking to buy a new home in a London borough, find out more about London Help to Buy.