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Help to Buy South East England

Up to 20% equity loan from the Government with just a 5% deposit


Help to Buy South East England equity loan

You can get a low-interest loan towards your deposit, to help you get on the property ladder.

  • Interest free loan for 5 years
  • Property will be completing in the next 6 months
  • Only available to first time buyer owner occupiers

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  1. Who is Help to Buy South East England for?

    If you are a first time buyer that has never owned a property/land ever, Help to Buy South East England is a government scheme designed to help you advance up the property ladder in South East England.

    The property you buy must:

    • be a new build
    • have a purchase price of up to 437600, subject to regional price caps
    • be the only one you own
    • not be sub-let or rented out after you buy it

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  2. How does Help to Buy South East England work?

    Help to Buy is an equity loan from the government up to 20% of the value of a property, provided you have a deposit of 5% you will only need a mortgage of 75% of your new home.

  3. What properties can I buy with Help to Buy South East England?

    New build properties in South East England up to the value of 437600 are eligible for the Help to Buy South East England scheme.

    When getting a mortgage you will be able to borrow up to a maximum of 4.5 times your salary.

  4. What about inside of London?

    Inside of London the government loan is up to 40% instead of 20%, meaning that your mortgage will be up to 55% of the property rather than 75%.

  5. How do I pay back the Help to Buy South East England equity loan?

    You must pay back the loan after 25 years or when you sell your home - whichever comes first.

    You will not be charged any interest on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home.

    However a management fee of £1 a month will be applicable from the date of purchase for the duration of the equity loan.

    From year six, a fee of 1.75% is payable on the equity loan, which rises annually by CPI (Consumer Price Index) inflation plus 2%.

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Help to Buy South East England equity loan example

For a property worth £400,000 Amount Percentage
Cash deposit £20,000 5%
Equity loan £80,000 20%
Your mortgage £300,000 75%

If the home in the table above sold for £420,000, you'd get £252,000 (60%, from your mortgage and the cash deposit) and pay back £168,000 on the loan (40%). You'd need to pay off your mortgage with your share of the money.

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Minimum 5%
Minimum household income

Based on mortgage of
Example mortgage costs

Based on 2% rate fixed for 5 years over a mortgage term of 35 years
Adjust the deposit and mortgage to change your monthly repayments


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When purchasing using Help to Buy there are two applications to proceed with, the mortgage application and also a separate application for Help to Buy. The Help to Buy application process has its own criteria and affordability checks that often differ from those of the mortgage lenders.
As such, it is vital that you speak to an intermediary who understands the Help to Buy scheme and who has access to the Help to Buy affordability calculator. This will allow you to accurately confirm your budget before looking to view any properties.

This calculation is for illustration purposes only. Please contact our mortgage partner Alexander Hall for Help to Buy mortgage advice.


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