Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches

The new First Homes scheme is now being piloted in Bolsover and will be rolled out across England from the end of June. It offers first-time buyers – and key workers especially – the chance to buy locally and affordably. However, some parts of the UK will remain much more affordable than others. First-time buyers … Continue reading “Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches”

What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?

The First Homes scheme is a new policy that will provide discounted homes to first-time buyers in England who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. More specifically, under this scheme, first-time buyers will be able to purchase a new-build home in their community at a discount of 30% on the market price. For an … Continue reading “What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?”

Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid

Many people were expecting that house prices would fall during the pandemic, or at least stagnate. Indeed, a lot of first-time buyers were wistfully hoping that it might happen. But the government didn’t want a property crash on top of everything else, so introduced the stamp duty holiday to buoy up the market and protected … Continue reading “Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid”

‘Generation Buy’ – PM pledges 95% fixed-rate mortgages

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to bring back affordable 95% mortgages and ‘create two million more owner-occupiers’ under a new scheme already being dubbed ‘Generation Buy’.  It is not yet at all clear how the scheme would work, or what it might cost, but millions of frustrated buyers are doubtless hoping that it might help … Continue reading “‘Generation Buy’ – PM pledges 95% fixed-rate mortgages”

So can I move home now?

The government has announced that the housing market in England can reopen this week, with some restrictions still in place. Here’s what buyers, sellers, renters and remortgagers need to know. Having been put on hold since the beginning of April, the property market has been given the green light – in England, anyway. People will … Continue reading “So can I move home now?”

The property market fightback begins

Home-buying has virtually ground to a halt due to the lockdown – but efforts are already underway to get the market moving again. Remote valuation and viewings, and the return of low-deposit mortgages, are among the encouraging signs. Positive signs are emerging that the UK property market may soon restart some activities in a limited … Continue reading “The property market fightback begins”

The UK property market freeze – what it means for you

The COVID-19 lockdown has put the UK’s housing market on hold. Find out what impact this could have on you, whether you’re hoping to buy, sell, move home or just remortgage – and how long it might last. The UK government has defied King Canute, and held back the UK’s most powerful tide: the property … Continue reading “The UK property market freeze – what it means for you”

What does 2020 hold for the mortgage market and you?

There is no doubt that the property market has been affected by ongoing economic and political uncertainty. However, despite hesitation from buyers and vendors, resulting in reduced activity in certain areas, recent research indicates that the property market over the next 12 months shows signs of resilience1. Sales volumes are expected to stabilise, whilst prices … Continue reading “What does 2020 hold for the mortgage market and you?”

Is there life after Help-to-Buy?

The Help-to-Buy ISA is closing to new savers after 30 November 2019. Existing account holders will still be able to keep their Help-to-Buy ISAs, but must claim their 25 per cent bonus (payable on completion of a first home purchase) by 1 December 2030. For nearly four years this ISA has helped prospective first-time buyers … Continue reading “Is there life after Help-to-Buy?”