Help to Buy
Move with just a 5% deposit
Help to Buy is available across England
If you're buying in England ask about the HM Government-backed Help to Buy scheme.
Available to first-time buyers and people already on the property ladder, this scheme requires just a 5% deposit and a repayment mortgage of up to 75% of the value of the property. The remaining 20% of the full purchase price is lent to you in the form of an equity loan backed by HM Government. You won’t be charged interest on the 20% equity loan for the first 5 years of owning your home.
About Help to Buy
Help to Buy scheme example
What is Help to Buy and how can it help you?
5% deposit + 20% equity loan + 75% mortgage = 100% home ownership
- Help to Buy: Equity Loan is available on new-build properties in England up to £600,000
- There's no household annual income limit and it's available to all types of home buyers.
- You only need:
- a minimum 5% deposit; and
- no more than a 75% repayment mortgage
- HM Government will lend you an equity loan of up to 20% of the full purchase price of the home, it's interest-free for the first five years.
- You can repay your Help to Buy: Equity Loan at any time, when you sell your home,or you can wait until the end of its term
Help to Buy next step
Search for a new home and once you have found one that you are interested in contact the development to arrange an appointment or visit during opening hours.
Help to Buy FAQs
Where is the scheme available?
The HM Government-backed Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme is available across all Persimmon developments in England up to £600,000.
Can you clarify the equity loan element?
In England, HM Government will provide you with a Help to Buy: Equity Loan up to 20% value of the full purchase price of the property. This loan is interest-free for the first five years. From year six you will be required to pay an interest fee of 1.75% of the amount of your Help to Buy: Equity Loan, rising each year after that by the increase (if any) in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) plus 1%.
What are the repayment terms of equity loans under the Help to Buy scheme in England?
Under this scheme you can repay the equity loan any time within the first 25 years (or the term of the mortgage), or when you sell the property. In addition it is also possible to repay part of the equity loan subject to certain limits and criteria.
Are equity loans under the Help to Buy scheme in England available on pre-owned homes?
No, this scheme is only available on new-build homes like those built by Persimmon.
Can I use Help to Buy: Equity Loan if I already own a home?
Yes - this schemes is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners.
Are equity loans under the Help to Buy scheme in England available under a buy-to-let option?
No. The scheme is only available to purchasers using the property as their main residence.
What types of mortgage are available with equity loans under the Help to Buy scheme?
You must arrange repayment mortgages.
Where can I get independent financial advice?
Persimmon can put you in touch with a list of recommended independent financial advisers who can assist you every step of the way.
Help to Buy related links:
Help to Buy: Equity Loan terms and conditions
Help to Buy: Equity Loan
Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme is available on all plots in England, with a full purchase price up to £600,000, subject to status. Eligible applicants will be offered an equity loan of up to 20% of the purchase price at the open market value. Applicants are required to fund at least 80% of the purchase price with a conventional main mortgage and minimum of 5% deposit. For the first five years there is no interest charged on the equity loan. At the start of year six, 1.75% interest is payable on the equity loan, which rises annually by RPI inflation plus 1%. The equity loan is provided by the Government's Homes and Communities Agency (trading as Homes England), and held as a second charge on the Help to Buy home. Terms and conditions apply. Applicants should seek independent financial advice, and get information and guidance on applying for a Help to Buy: Equity Loan at www.helptobuy.gov.uk
**Available on selected plots subject to status. Terms and conditions apply.
A professional legal adviser is required to carry out the legal formalities of buying the home and to represent your interests. Persimmon can provide you with a list of recommended solicitors and/or financial advisers as necessary. Persimmon cannot advise you on a mortgage. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not to be used in conjunction with any other purchase assistance scheme, offer or promotion. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE, YOUR EQUITY LOAN OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. For full details on the Help to Buy Scheme please visit: www.helptobuy.gov.uk