03 Mar 2021

Budget 2021: How the new 95% mortgage scheme will work

Budget 2021: How the new 95% mortgage scheme will work

Full details of the UK Government's new 5% deposit mortgage scheme have been revealed.

Rishi Sunak gave details in his Budget of a new mortgage guarantee scheme to help more people obtain mortgages of up to 95%.

High loan-to-value deals have been hard to come by, leaving many potential buyers unable to get on the property ladder.

The Government aim is to turn "generation rent" into "generation buy" - and the new project is expected to go some way to helping achieve this.

When does the scheme open and through which lenders?

The scheme will be open for new mortgage applications from April and will run until December 2022.

Many high street banks have confirmed they are participating and our mortgage advisers will be able to access all of these mortgages and compare them for you.

The mortgage will be available on both new-build and existing homes.

How does the scheme work?

Under the initiative, the Government would compensate the mortgage lender for a portion of the net losses suffered in the event of a repossession. 

The Government view is that the current scarcity of high loan-to-value lending is primarily a response to the pandemic rather than a symptom of a longer-term structural change in the mortgage market.

The project will help to ensure the mortgage market provides options for consumers with smaller deposits who also want a mortgage with the security of predictable repayments for a longer period.

For this reason, it will be a requirement that any lender participating in the scheme must offer a five-year fixed rate product as part of their range of mortgages offered under the guarantee.

More information on the mechanics of the scheme are available here.

Who can use the scheme?

Crucially, the mortgages will be available to all buyers, not just first-time buyers.

A mortgage eligible for a guarantee under the scheme will need to:

  • Be a residential mortgage (not for a second home) and not buy-to-let.
  • Be taken out by an individual or individuals rather than an incorporated company.
  • Be a property in the UK with a purchase value of £600,000 or less.
  • Have a loan-to-value of between 91% and 95%.
  • Be a repayment mortgage, and not interest-only.
  • Meet standard requirements in terms of the assessment of the borrower's ability to pay the mortgage - for example a loan-to-income and credit score.

Book a FREE appointment with one of our mortgage advisers

As an independent mortgage broker, we offer access to the whole mortgage market, and all major lenders, under one roof. We'll compare the market for you free of charge to find the best deal.

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