What is Help to Buy?
The London Help to Buy scheme is a Government-backed initiative aimed at first-time buyers, as well as people moving up the property ladder.
The scheme helps to keep your mortgage payments lower by boosting your deposit. It also delivers other benefits, such as giving you access to a wider range of mortgage products. L&Q offers London Help To Buy for some of our properties – just check the list of properties to see which developments are available under the scheme.
How does it work?
If you want to own a newly built home in London, you could borrow up to 40% of the purchase price from the Government with the London Help to Buy scheme. You would only need a 5% deposit and your mortgage would make up the other 55%. The scheme is available on new build homes valued up to £600,000 to all UK residents, of any age, within the 32 London boroughs and the City of London.
With the larger deposit available to you under the London Help To Buy scheme, you should be able to get a lower interest on your mortgage. This gives you more flexibility in your repayment and makes it easier to obtain a mortgage agreement. London Help To Buy also means that you won’t have to take out an expensive 95% mortgage. You won’t need to pay interest on the government’s equity loan for the first five years.
London Help To Buy is only suitable if you’re sure that you’ll always be able to afford the mortgage repayments for your property. If you don’t repay your loan within the first 5 years, you will incur a monthly interest charge. If you want to repay it after the initial five year period you will need to repay it in chunks of at least 10%. The amount you repay will also fluctuate with the price of your home, meaning that it isn’t a fixed sum.
London Help To Buy schemes are available for new build properties worth up to £600,000. The government has provided information for you to check whether you’re eligible to use the London Help To Buy scheme.
Example for Bolingbroke Park - typical 2 bed apartment - £485,000
(Figures are calculated using the London Help to Buy Mortagage Calculator)
Your Deposit - £24,250 (5%)
London Help to Buy Equity Loan - £97,000 (20%)
Your Mortgage - £363,750
Estimated Monthly Cost: £1,631.84 (Based on 2.5% over 25 years)
Unsure which scheme is right for you? We’ve taken a detailed look at the pros and cons of each scheme.
Please note L&Q do not currently offer the London Help to Buy mortgage guarantee.
Check our availability page to see if London Help to Buy is available on the homes you are interested in.
The Affordability Calculator provides an indicative guide to monthly costs only. The information provided should not be relied on as confirmation of affordability or as a recommendation to proceed. L&Q is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Services Authority to provide financial advice. You should always seek advice and recommendations from an Independent Financial Adviser regarding mortgage products, affordability, interest rate, terms, conditions and method of repayment.