Help to Buy scheme launched

The second phase of the Government's Help to Buy scheme is launched today. It will help first-time home buyers obtain mortgages worth up to 95 per cent of property values.

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Cameron welcomes HSBC signing up to Help to Buy

The Prime Minister has welcomed the news that HSBC will be participating in the Help to Buy mortgage scheme from later this year.


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HSBC to join the Government's Help to Buy scheme

HSBC has announced it will join other lenders Natwest, RBS, and Halifax in offering mortgage deals under the Help to Buy scheme, later this year.

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How does 'Help to Buy' work?

The Government's new Help to Buy scheme will mean homebuyers will only have to find as little as five percent to secure a mortgage.

Someone trying to buy a £200,000 house currently needs to save up a deposit of £40,000.

Under the new scheme, leading banks will offer a range of new Help to Buy mortgages - up to 95 per cent of the property's value - for homes worth up to £600,000.

Homebuyers will be able secure a mortgage with a deposit of as little as five percent. Credit: Press Association

Under the scheme, buyers will only need a deposit of as little as five per cent.Depending on the size of deposit, the government will then guarantee up to 15 per cent of the property's value, in return for a fee from the lender.

Lenders can start offering the mortgages from today, and they will be guaranteed by the Government from January 2014.


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'Big concern' property supply is lagging behind demand

It's encouraging that the market is starting to improve in all parts of the country with more buyers looking to make a move and more sales going through.

Even so, it's a big concern that the supply of property coming to the market is lagging so far behind demand.

This imbalance is likely to result in further upward pressure in prices over the coming months, particularly in the nation's hotspots.

– Peter Bolton King, Rics global residential director
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House prices 'rose at fastest rate in 11 years'

House prices rose at their fastest rate in 11 years in September and sales hit a four-year high as the supply of homes lags behind growing demand, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics)

Areas such as London and the South East could see the inflated cost of getting onto the housing ladder increase even more, figures show.

The report said the Help to Buy scheme had a key role in driving the housing market recovery. Credit: Press Association

Surveyors on average saw 18.7 transactions each in the three months to September.

The report said Help to Buy had a key role in driving the housing market recovery, together with the Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme to ease borrowing conditions.

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Which lenders are taking part in Help to Buy?

Taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiary NatWest immediately set out mortgage deals under the Help to Buy scheme and announced that 740 of its branches would extend opening hours for two weeks to cope with expected demand.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to extend its opening hours to cope with the expected demand. Credit: Press Assocation

Halifax and Bank of Scotland, owned by the state-backed Lloyds Banking Group, will start offering loans under the scheme on Friday but the Lloyds brand itself is not taking part.

The Treasury also announced that Virgin Money had signed up while the start-up Aldermore Bank has also said it will join. Both will take part from January and Aldermore is exploring whether the date can be brought forward.

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