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Government to abolish Help To Buy mortgage scheme: How will this affect your plans?

A significant announcement has been made – Conveyancing Solicitors as well as the general public will be interested to know that the Help to Buy mortgage will cease at the end of 2016.

What is the Help to Buy scheme?

Specifically implemented to help first time buyers with small deposits to buy their own home, the scheme meant that buyers only needed to put down a deposit of 5% of the value of their home, with their mortgage covering the outstanding 95%.

The scheme has helped nearly 100,000 homeowners to date.

Why is the Help to Buy ending?

In a departure from David Cameron and George Osborne’s government, the new Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the scheme, which was introduced in 2013, will not be renewed past December 2016 as its purpose has been “successfully achieved”: effectively, that there are now enough mortgages available to those buyers with a small deposit because of confidence in the market.

Announcing the news in a letter to Mark Carney, the Bank of England governor, Hammond wrote:

‘The mortgage market has become less reliant on the scheme as confidence has returned.

‘There are now 30 lenders offering 90-95% loans outside the scheme.

‘This reflects the fact that the scheme was introduced with a specific purpose that has now been successfully achieved and, as such, I can confirm that it will close to new loans at the end of 2016 as planned.

‘I will inform participating lenders.’

What does the Help to Buy closure mean?

The end of the scheme has prompted concern from some experts, who are worried that the closure may make it even harder for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder if they are only able to find a small deposit.

While Hammond was confident that many lenders were offering 90-95% loans outside the scheme, there are worries that the number of mortgage deals available with a small deposit could fall dramatically after the end of the scheme.

However, other experts welcomed the ending of the scheme, saying that it only pushed up housing prices and made the demand for homes outweigh the supply.

Hammond rejected claims that buying a home might now be harder, saying: ‘It is important to note that the end of this particular scheme does not diminish in any way the government’s commitment to supporting those looking to get on the housing ladder.’

If you are interested in taking advantage before the Help to Buy mortgage facility disappears then please call our Conveyancing Team on 02920 484550!

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