If you’re buying in Wales ask about the Welsh Government’s Help to Buy – Wales scheme.
Available to first-time buyers and people already on the property ladder, you’ll need just a 5% deposit and a repayment mortgage of up to 75% of the value of the property. The remaining 20% of the full purchase price is lent to you by the Welsh Government in the form of an equity loan. You won’t be charged interest on the 20% equity loan for the first 5 years of owning your home.
The Welsh Government’s Help to Buy – Wales equity loan scheme
5% deposit + 20% equity loan + 75% mortgage = 100% home ownership
Where are the schemes available?
The Welsh Government-backed Help to Buy – Wales scheme is available across all Mill Bay Homes developments in Wales only on homes up to £250,000.
Can you clarify the equity loan element?
In Wales, the Welsh Government will provide you with an equity loan up to 20% value of the full purchase price of the property. This loan is interest-free for the first five years. From year six you will be required to pay an interest fee of 1.75% of the amount of your equity loan, rising each year after that by the increase (if any) in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) plus 1%.
What are the repayment terms of equity loans under the Help to Buy – Wales scheme?
You can repay the equity loan any time within the first 25 years (or the term of the mortgage), or when you sell the property. In addition it is also possible to repay part of the equity loan subject to certain limits and criteria.
Are equity loans under the Help to Buy – Wales scheme available on pre-owned homes?
No, this scheme is only available on new-build homes like those built by Mill Bay.
Can I use the Help to Buy – Wales scheme if I already own a home?
Yes – this scheme is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners.
Are equity loans under the Help to Buy – Wales scheme available under a buy-to-let option?
No – they are only available to purchasers using the property as their main residence.
What types of mortgage are available with equity loans under the Help to Buy – Wales scheme?
You must arrange a repayment mortgage.
Where can I get independent financial advice?
You will need to discuss your options with a qualified financial advisor.
Help to Buy – Wales terms and conditions
The Help to Buy – Wales scheme has specific terms and conditions and is subject to affordability criteria as defined by the Welsh Government. The Help to Buy – Wales scheme is available on plots in Wales, with a full purchase price up to £250,000, subject to status, terms and conditions apply. Help to Buy – Wales eligible applicants will be offered an equity loan of up to a maximum of 20% of the purchase price (based on the open market value). The registered provider will hold the second charge on the property. Applicants are required to fund at least 80% of the purchase price by means of a conventional mortgage, savings and any deposit where required. Applicants must obtain their conventional mortgage from a qualified lending institution (e.g. a bank or building society). For the first five years there is no fee charged on the equity loan component. At the start of year six a fee is collected of 1.75% of the market value of the property at the time the loan is entered into multiplied by the outstanding percentage under the equity loan, the annual fee of 1.75% will be uplifted by RPI +1% p.a. Visit: gov.wales/help-buy-wales for further information.
**Available on selected plots subject to status. Terms and conditions apply.
A professional legal adviser is required to carry out the legal formalities of buying the home and to represent your interests. Mill Bay Homes cannot advise you on a mortgage. The Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not to be used in conjunction with any other purchase assistance scheme, offer or promotion. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE, YOUR EQUITY LOAN OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. For full details on the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme please visit www.helptobuy.gov.uk