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How the Help To Build loan equity scheme will work

The Help to Build fund gives selfbuilders the chance to tap into similar benefits enjoyed by those in the Help To Buy scheme.

The latter, which requires the equity loan on a new home to be paid on completion to the developer, cannot be easily adapted for custom and self build where multiple payments are usually made to different parties. 

Without this scheme, access to low-deposit loans is limited, with customers typically needing to stump up a 20 per cent deposit.

While full details of the government’s scheme remain sketchy, the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has been lobbying the government for some time for equity funding for the sector to end what it sees as the current unfair playing field between selfbuilders and first-time buyers of developer homes who qualify for the Help to Buy scheme.

NaCSBA has been working with lenders to develop a workable Help to Build model to not only help those looking to build or commission their own home but also help SME builders with their cashflows during the build. 

Under the NaCSBA model, mortgage lenders provide funding for up to 95 per cent of the build costs, enabling selfbuilders to proceed with just a five per cent deposit, as with Help to Buy. Similarly, upon completion, the government provides 20 per cent of the cost of the property but in this case the payment is made to the lender and not the developer.

In both Help to Buy and Help to Build schemes:

• The homeowner has funded five per cent of the cost;

• The mortgage lender has outstanding finance of 75 per cent of the cost;

• The Government has funded 20 per cent of the cost.

Full details of the scheme are expected soon, with applications opening later in the summer. 

6 May 2021

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