In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how much can I borrow with help to buy”.

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How much can I borrow with help to buy

To find out how much you can borrow with help to buy you need to use a help to buy calculator which will give you an indication of how much you can borrow with help to buy.

The help to buy equity loan will loan you up to 40% of the property price but this is dependant on your location and your personal circumstances. In reality, you will only know how much you can borrow with the help to buy equity loan by making an application to the help to buy scheme or more appropriately your local help to buy agent.

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What is the Help to Buy equity loan?🍄

The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is a government first-time buyer scheme that requires a minimum 5% deposit and after which the Government will provide you another 20% ( or 40% if you are buying within London) in the form of a 5-year interest-free loan(after which it is 1.75% per annum). You can only get the help to buy equity loan with a standard repayment mortgage, not a buy to let mortgage or commercial mortgage.
If you want to see how much you could potentially borrow with the help to buy equity loan then you should consider using a help to buy calculator.
This interest rate then rises each year by the retail prices index(RPI) inflation measure + one percentage point.  Assuming RPI is 4%, the interest rate would rise by 5% (4% + 1%). It is important to note that you only pay the interest from year 6 and not the capital repayments itself. This means you will be required to make monthly interest repayments on your help to buy equity loan from the 6th year.
The Help to Buy equity loan is only available for new builds. In England, it’s only available for those buying a new build worth less than £600,000 (£300,000 in Wales, and £230,000 in Scotland). The scheme was set up to increase the supply of affordable housing in the UK. The help to buy equity loan is competitive as the 5% + 20% deposit puts you in a better Loan to Value band and hence a cheaper mortgage. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is accepted as an addition to your mortgage deposit by most mortgage lenders in the UK.

Interest-free for life Help to Buy equity loan in Scotland.

The Scottish Government are more generous and will never charge any interest but rather they will retain 20% of the property value when the property is sold.
This means that if property prices rise the government can make some money from that rise and vice versa.

Paying the Help to buy equity loan back

You can pay back some or all of your equity loan without selling your home. You can make a partial payment called ‘staircasing’. This will only be accepted if it is 10% of the current property value or you are clearing the whole of the mortgage with the lender.

**Example of the help to buy equity loan. **
A home costs £400,000. You provide a 5% deposit of £20,000 and the government loans you another £80,000(20%). You then take a mortgage of £300,000(75%). The government loan effectively pushes down your LTV and ensures the loan is affordable.
Tip: combine the Help to Buy Equity loan with the Help to Buy ISA for maximum effect

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how much can I borrow with help to buy”. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

John Bate

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.