9 January 2015
The majority of sales under the UK government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme continues to be to first time buyers representing 83% of total sales, the latest figures show. The data from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) also shows that the average (mean) purchase price was £211,566 in the first 20 months since the scheme was launched.
The top six local authorities in terms of completed sales are Wiltshire with 664, Leeds at 628, Central Bedfordshire at 581, Milton Keynes at 516, Peterborough at 512, and Birmingham at 465. These figures firmly but to bed concerns that it would benefit people in London and the South East buy higher priced properties and also shows over 73,000 have benefitted.
Figures also show that 30,269 households buying new and existing homes through the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme and 5,518 households were supported into a new build home through the NewBuy scheme. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme was introduced along with other Help to Buy products to support people who can afford a mortgage, but struggle to save the deposits required by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.
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