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The mortgage market is slowly starting to get more competitive with new, better value mortgages becoming more available… But lenders are still cautious and the majority of the best rates are only available if the borrower has a large deposit or equity. Sadly that is unlikely to be the case for most first time buyers, who understandably struggle to raise just 5% deposit with the sky high rental market. It can be a frustrating catch 22 situation, and not just for the first time buyer – but the building industry is also suffering due to lack of funding for first time buyers, despite the desperate need for more housing.

Written by:

Alison Gibson

Ascot Mortgage Expert

Last Updated:

28.04.2024

Written by:

Alison Gibson

Ascot Mortgage Expert

Last Updated:

28.04.2024

Help to buy

This scheme, which was introduced in March 2013, is designed not only for first time buyers, but anybody looking to buy a newly built home, up to the value of £600,000. The scheme asked first time buyers to contribute a deposit of five per cent; the Government adds a loan for twenty per cent of the price; and the mortgage covers the other 75 per cent. For the first five years of the Government loan, you will not be charged any fees or interest, but from the sixth year you will be charged 1.75 per cent of the loan’s value, and the fee will increase annually.

The benefit of this scheme is that the home is in your name, so you can sell the property at any time. The Government’s loan must be paid back by the end of the mortgage period or if you sell your home: whichever comes first. So long as the loan is for at least ten per cent of your home’s value, then you are able to pay back either ten or twenty per cent of the Government’s loan without selling the property.

Shared ownership schemes

These schemes are specifically designed for first time buyers, or people who used to own a property but no longer do. This scheme is only available to those who earn less than £60,000 per year, as a household. The principle of the agreement is that you buy a share of the home (this can range from 25 to 75 per cent), which you need a mortgage for. The rest is paid back through rent to the housing association, where you buy the home from. You can staircase, i.e. buy more shares in the home, at anytime you like, and you can do this through the housing association’s valuation. If you want to sell the property, then you can but you must give the housing association first choice on buying it: this stands for the first 21 years after you buy the home.

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New Buy

This scheme asks for only a five per cent deposit. The property must be a new build, in that it’s completely new or it is being sold for the first time in its current form (so it might have been an old house, but turned into new flats.) The value of the property must be £500,000 or less, and the scheme cannot be used to buy a second home, or a buy to let property, and must be owned fully by you (i.e. not part of the shared ownership scheme). In addition, the scheme only applies if the builder who you are buying from is taking part in the scheme. You don’t need to be a first time buyer, and there is no income restriction on this scheme: the criteria is that you can repay the mortgage, and you apply for a mortgage through a lender, as you would usually.

Right to Buy

This scheme applies to a council tenant, or a council tenant who was living in the property when it was sold to a private landlord. The tenant must have been living in the property for five years or more. The scheme allows tenants to benefit from the increased security and investment, of home ownership because it gives a discount on the purchase price of their property. The maximum discount is £75,000, or £100,000 if you live in London.

Alison Gibson

Ascot Mortgage Expert

Unlocking New Possibilities: The Power of Remortgaging Your Home

Discover How Remortgaging Can Secure Your Financial Success and Home Upgrades

living in your present property while applying for another mortgage deal with a new lender. Before finding out how to remortgage and get the best offers from experts like Ascot Mortgages, you have to check meeting what parameters of the deal that can help you succeed the most. The range of background factors varies a lot — from the recently changed loan-to-value ratio or your existing agreement coming to an end.

Whether you are trying to get a more beneficial deal or searching for funding to improve your home conditions, remortgaging is one of the most advantageous scenarios to consider.

First Buy

As the name suggests, this scheme is tailored for first-time buyers and it means that the Government, and the developer, will give first-time buyers a twenty percent equity loan to assist with the purchase of a house, up to the value of £280,000. Like the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, the loan is free for the first five years, and then it increases to 1.75 percent per annum and will increase annually: if you sell the house, you need to pay this loan back first. The buyer in this scheme will need a five percent deposit, and then after the first year of home ownership will be able to staircase, through paying off some of the Government’s loan to own that share of the property. Although you will have a mortgage for less than 100 per cent of the property’s value, you will own the whole property.

People who want to take part in this scheme must be unable to buy a house without assistance, and not earn over £60,000. There must be evidence that the applicant can pay other costs, such as legal fees and stamp duty, and be on a permanent contract of employment. You must have a good credit history, and must not be named on any other property’s mortgage or deeds.

All these first-time buyer government schemes are ideal to help struggling first-time buyers get onto the property ladder but like any financial contract, they must be treated with caution. Using a broker like Ascot Mortgages is one way of getting impartial and sensible advice, which will allow you to benefit from these opportunities and know that they are the right choice for you – please get in touch to arrange a free initial telephone consultation.

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FAQ

A guarantor mortgage is a type of mortgage that involves a third party, usually a family member or close relative, guaranteeing the mortgage repayments on behalf of the borrower. This arrangement is more commonly now known as joint borrower sole proprietor as the guarantor essentially is included as part of the mortgage application but not included on the title deeds to the property.

Shared ownership is a form of home ownership that enables buyers to purchase a share in the property and pay rent on the remaining amount. The buyer usually pays an initial deposit, which is between 5% to 10% of the price of the share being purchased, and then pays a reduced rent on the remaining portion owned by a housing association or other organisation.

A joint mortgage is a type of mortgage that two or more individuals take out together to purchase a property. It allows multiple borrowers to combine their incomes and share the responsibility of repaying the mortgage loan.

The loan-to-value ratio (LTV) is a financial term that represents the ratio between the loan amount and the appraised value or purchase price of an asset, typically a property. It is commonly used by lenders to assess the risk associated with a loan.

Repayment and interest-only mortgages are two different types of mortgage repayment structures. Here’s an explanation of each:

  • Repayment Mortgage: A repayment mortgage, also known as a capital and interest mortgage, is a type of mortgage where your monthly payments cover both the interest on the loan and the repayment of the principal amount borrowed. Over the term of the mortgage, typically 25 to 30 years, your monthly payments gradually reduce the outstanding balance. At the end of the term, assuming all payments have been made, the mortgage is fully repaid, and you own the property outright.
  • Interest-Only Mortgage: An interest-only mortgage is a type of mortgage where your monthly payments only cover the interest charges on the loan. Unlike a repayment mortgage, you do not make any principal repayments during the term of the mortgage. As a result, the outstanding balance of the loan remains the same throughout the mortgage term. Therefore your monthly payments are less. However, lenders may restrict the maximum loan to value on an interest only basis – generally between 50% to 75%.

With an interest-only mortgage, you are required to have a separate plan or investment vehicle in place to repay the principal amount at the end of the mortgage term for residential mortgages. This could involve savings, investments, or other arrangements that aim to accumulate sufficient funds to pay off the loan. It’s crucial to ensure that the repayment plan is robust and will be able to cover the loan amount. For Buy to Let mortgages lenders will typically accept sale of the security property as the investment vehicle.

Consider a longer-term mortgage if:

  • You prefer lower monthly payments to manage your budget.
  • Affordability is a priority, allowing you to allocate funds to other financial goals.
  • You plan to sell or refinance in the near future.

 

Opt for a shorter-term mortgage if:

  • Minimizing total interest payments is important.
  • Building equity quickly is a priority.
  • You plan to stay in the property for an extended period.
  • Ultimately, the decision should align with your financial circumstances and goals.

Consulting a mortgage advisor can provide personalized guidance.

Yes, it is possible to get a buy-to-let mortgage as a first-time buyer, but it can be more challenging. As a first-time buyer lenders may view you as a higher risk and will also base their lending decision on both rental income and your own personal affordability. However, if you have a good credit score, a stable income, and a solid business plan for your rental property, you may be able to secure a buy-to-let mortgage. It’s important to shop around and compare different lenders to find the best deal for your individual circumstances which is why contacting a mortgage broker for the right advice is a good solution.

Yes, you can get a first-time buyer mortgage if you’re self-employed but most lenders would require a 2 year minimum trading history. However, additional requirements may apply. You’ll need to provide evidence of income, such as business accounts and tax returns. Lenders may request an accountant’s certificate and consider your trading history. A larger deposit may be required. Specialist lenders may cater specifically to self-employed borrowers. It’s best to consult with a mortgage advisor or lenders directly for personalized guidance.

Apply for a first-time buyer mortgage when you have prepared your finances, saved for a deposit, and are ready to commit to homeownership. Consider obtaining a Decision in Principle before house hunting. Consult with a mortgage advisor for personalized guidance.

When budgeting for homeownership, consider the following costs: –

  • Deposit: Set aside funds for the down payment on the property.
  • Stamp Duty or LBTT: Pay the property tax based on the purchase price.
  • Solicitor or Conveyancer Fees: Budget for legal services.
  • Valuation and Survey Costs: Account for property valuation and survey expenses.
  • Mortgage Fees: Consider arrangement or booking fees associated with the mortgage.
  • Home Insurance: Plan for building and contents insurance.
  • Moving Costs: Budget for expenses related to moving your belongings.
  • Ongoing Costs: Include mortgage repayments, council tax, utilities, maintenance, and service charges.

Ensure you research and estimate these costs to create an accurate budget. Our advisors are always available to assist you in finding the most suitable deal for your unique situation.

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