Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Scheme to help first-time buyers get on property ladder

A new scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder was launched by the government yesterday.

FirstBuy will see the government and housebuilders provide buyers with an equity loan of up to 20%, meaning potential buyers will have to put up a 5% deposit to qualify for a 75% mortgage.

The government will be making around £500m available across the UK over the next two years to fund FirstBuy, which it is expected will help at least 10,000 people in Britain to secure their first home.

Some 100 housebuilders have signed up to the scheme so far, including Permission, Barratt, Bovis and Galliford Try.

Meanwhile, banks who have signed up to offer the 75% mortgages include Halifax, Nationwide, Barclays and the Melton Mowbray building society. Young buyers have been turning to financial help from their parents to secure their first home due to the need for large deposits.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said: "With 80% of young first-time buyers depending on parental help, I am determined we pull out all the stops to help those who want to take their first steps onto the property ladder."

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