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Monday, 7 October 2013

Help to Buy: full details expected on Tuesday

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce the full workings of the government’s Help to Buy scheme tomorrow, Tuesday 8 October.
George Osborne
Following the government's shock decision last week to bring forward the start date of the scheme by three months, further details will be announced by Osborne with participating lenders expected to launch products soon afterwards.
Newspaper speculation indicates rates could be as high as 6% but the majority of sources expect initial rates of between 4.5% and 5.5%.
Mortgage Solutions reported last week lenders will be charged around 0.9% of the loan to offer 95% mortgages under Help to Buy. This would equate to a fee of £1,800 on a £200,000 loan.
Help to Buy mortgage guarantee products will be available through Halifax, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland from launch, although mortgage brokers will initially only be able to place cases with Halifax as RBS Group plans to restrict products to direct channels until later in the year.
Aldermore confirmed last week it plans to launch products using the scheme by January.
The launch of the scheme is expected to generate huge interest from would-be homeowners with RBS planning to keep branches open later to meet increased demand.
Researched conducted by Santander this weekend claimed as many as one-in-ten Britons believed they would buy a property in the next year, with around a third of these stating they plan to utilise the Help to Buy scheme.

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