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First Help to Build mortgage set to launch

property investing

The government’s long-awaited Help to Build Equity Loan Scheme becomes a reality with the launch of the first ever Help to Build Mortgage.

Created by BuildLoan in partnership with Darlington Building Society and Homes England, this heralds the dawn of a new era in the new build housing market.

Help to Build will be a game changer by helping people live in brand new homes they have designed themselves. It works in a similar way to the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme, due to end in March 2023, but is for self and custom builders.

Under the scheme, the maximum land and build costs can be up to £600,000 and borrowers will need just a 5% deposit. The other 95% is via a Help to Build Mortgage, which can only be provided by lenders approved by Homes England, which runs the scheme.

Help to Build Mortgage

There are two products in this first Help to Build Mortgage range, both three-year discounted rates at either 5.39% or 5.99%.

During the build borrowers pay on an interest-only basis, so monthly payments are lower. Once the build is complete, the Help to Build Mortgage switches to a standard repayment mortgage which must be in place for the duration of the equity loan.

Like many of BuildLoan’s products, the Help to Build Mortgage offers advance stage payments which means borrowers receive funds before each stage of their project. They will also benefit from stage payments being linked to the project costs with no risk of receiving less than expected due to an interim valuation.

Details of the Help to Build Equity Loan Scheme

Self and custom builders have three years to build their home, after which the Help to Build Equity Loan is paid by the government to the lender. This can be up to 20% of land and build costs outside London and up to 40% within London. The equity loan therefore reduces the mortgage balance owed to the lender.

Payments on the equity loan are also interest-only but are free for the first five years. After that interest is charged starting at 1.75% in year six increasing in April each year by the rate paid the year before and 2% plus the Consumer Price Index (CPI)*.

Borrowers can pay back the equity loan at any time after the build is finished but it must be repaid by the end of the mortgage term or when the home is sold. The amount

repayable is based on the property’s value at the time the equity loan is redeemed, not the amount that was initially borrowed.