Government extends mortgage guarantee scheme

The mortgage guarantee scheme has been extended by a year to the end of December 2023, helping more people with 5% deposits onto the property ladder.

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

Launched in April 2021, the scheme has already helped over 24,000 households (up to November 2022). It was originally planned to close at the end of 2022.

As well as first time buyers and current homeowners, the scheme has also helped support the wider housing sector. Lenders reduced the availability of high Loan-to-Value (LTV) products during the Covid-19 pandemic, with just eight 95% LTV products available in January 2021.

The government’s mortgage guarantee scheme helped restore competition and consumer choice to the market, which has benefited businesses and boosted the market.

Read more on the mortgage guarantee scheme page.

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