Help to Buy

Help to Buy gets 5,000 service people on the property ladder

Thousands of troops and their families have bought their own home as a result of the successful home-buying scheme Forces Help to Buy, according to latest government figures.

Banks and building societies sign up to offer Help to Buy: ISA

Banks and Building Societies including Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, NatWest, Santander, and Virgin Money have signed up to offer the new Help to Buy: ISA from 1 December 2015, the Chancellor has announced today.

Chancellor unveils Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers

In his final Budget before the general election, the Chancellor announced a new 'help-to-buy ISA' for first time buyers.

Price limit of £250,000 to be put in place for Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced the introduction of a new price ceiling for the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Govt’s Help to Buy makes far less impact than bridging finance, says loans firm

A finance firm specialising in short term bridging loans has claimed that its sector has helped provide more funding for new homes than the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

Price of homes bought with Help to Buy falls for second month, claims MAB

The average price paid for a home under the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee has fallen for the second month in a row, according to mortgage brokers, with buyers typically paying as much as a third less than the market average.

MPs’ criticisms of Help to Buy are “absurd” says Kris Hopkins

Housing minister Kris Hopkins has defended the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme by calling criticisms made in a report by a committee of MPs “absurd”.

Ignore London and the plan is working

Don’t listen to the doom mongers, says Tracy Hall. Help to Buy is working fine across the country

UK housing target can’t be done, builders warn

Only 6% of developers believe hitting a target of delivering 200,000 new homes every year is achievable, despite many expecting an upswing in construction activity, according to an industry poll.

Help to Buy taking first-time buyers backwards in time, suggests MAB’s market index

Buyers are using the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to “sidestep” four years of house price inflation, according to Mortgage Advice Bureau.

HBF defends Help to Buy over Carney's comments

House builders have hit back at suggestions by Bank of England governor Mark Carney that he might take action to dampen the housing market.

Government not doing enough to support industry jobs, shows survey

The majority of the industry believes that the government is not doing enough to support job creation off the back of the Help to Buy boom, shows the latest survey from

Help to buy continues to boost new build figures

Over 27,000 households have bought a home through one of the Help to Buy schemes, latest government figures show.

Government launches forces Help to Buy scheme

A new housing scheme that will help service personnel get on the property ladder, and more homes being built has been launched.

PM hails Help to Buy success

New figures show that 17,395 people have already bought a home through Help to Buy as the number of aspiring homeowners using the scheme continues to grow.

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