Help to Buy: Scotland

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If you want to buy a new build home but can’t afford the total cost, you might be able to get help through the Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable New Build scheme**.

The scheme is open to first time buyers and existing homeowners, and helps you with up to 15% of the purchase price of a new build home.

Further details can be found by clicking here (Scottish Government’s help to buy leaflet)

** Applications for the Help to Buy (Scotland): Affordable New Build scheme closed on 5th February 2021. Existing applications will still be processed.

You will still be able to to apply for the Help to Buy (Scotland): Smaller Developer scheme.

What is the Scottish Equity Loan scheme?

The Scottish Government has announced the Help to Buy scheme will be extended until March 2022. Help to Buy (Scotland) is a shared equity scheme aimed at helping both first-time buyers and home movers buy their new build home.

Help to Buy (Scotland) for the Smaller Developers New Build Scheme is available through participating Housebuilders. The agents administering the scheme will identify which scheme your application will be processed under.

  • You must have a deposit of at least 5%.
  • Your deposit and mortgage must cover a combined minimum of 85% of the purchase price.
  • The Scottish Government will as a result take a stake of up to 15% of the purchase price holding security over this proportion till you own your home outright.

This cannot be an interest-only first mortgage.

The maximum threshold for the value of the property depends on what year your application is completed. This scheme is only available to those who are unable to afford to purchase the property without the Government purchasing an equity share in the property. The schemes are not open to single people requiring a mortgage more than 4.5 times their income, or couples for more than 3.5 times their joint income.

There are two other shared equity schemes in Scotland, which were created for first-time buyers only, under its LIFT (Low-cost Initiative for First-Time Buyers) programme.

How does it work?

The scheme is designed to help fulfil the property ambitions of customers who cannot raise large deposits. Buy-to-let investors are excluded – and you cannot part-exchange your current property. But, if you are eligible, the Scottish Government will help customers to purchase the property by taking an equity stake of no more than 15% of the value of a new build property worth anything up to a maximum purchase price of £200,000.

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