Good news for first time buyers as mortgage guarantee scheme extended

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Fran Puddefoot

The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme will be extended by a year, having already helped over 24,000 households get onto the property ladder.


Launched in April 2021, the scheme supports first-time buyers, who make up 85% of scheme transactions, buy a home with a 5% deposit.


Under the scheme the government offers lenders the financial guarantees they need to provide mortgages that cover the other 95%, subject to the usual affordability checks, on a house worth up to £600,000.


Launched in April 2021, it was originally planned to close the scheme at the end of this year but will now be extended until the end of 2023.


Chief Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP said: “For hard-working families facing today’s challenging economic conditions, it’s right that we continue to help them secure their first home or move into their dream house.


“Extending this scheme means thousands more have the chance to benefit, and supports the market as we navigate through these difficult times.


To also support people to get onto the property ladder, the government has increased the level where first-time buyers start paying stamp duty from £300,000 to £425,000. Furthermore, first-time buyers can get relief on properties costing up to £625,000, as opposed to £500,000 previously. Both of these measures are time-limited to April 2025.


Author:  Sarah Freeman, V&A Homes

Photo by Precondo CA on Unsplash



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