That makes it a record-breaking year for the scheme, which has helped 328,506 households to purchase a home since it was introduced on 1 April 2013.
In total, the value of these equity loans has reached over £20 billion, with the value of properties sold under the scheme going past the £90 billion mark.
How does it work?
The scheme helps first-time buyers in England onto the housing ladder by providing a loan to put towards the cost of buying a newly built home.
You can borrow a minimum of 5% and up to a maximum of 20% (40% in London) of the full purchase price of a new-build home.
Holly’s first home
Holly Roberts, 27, is one of the thousands of people who have benefitted from the scheme over the past year having recently purchased a property in Poole, Dorset.
“It feels really good to have my own home, I just love having my own place and knowing that I did that through my own hard work.
“I wouldn’t have been able to get on the housing ladder without Help to Buy. That equity loan just helped me bridge the gap between what I could borrow from a mortgage and the sort of prices I was looking at around this area.
“I would recommend help to buy to other people. I genuinely think it is such a good government scheme.”
How can I benefit?
Anyone interested in buying a home through the Help to Buy scheme should visit the scheme’s webpage. There you’ll find more information on the steps to take to buy your first home, including instructions on how to apply and contact details for Help to Buy agents in your area.
A trio of people walking outside a property mid-discussion
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