Press release

54,000 homeowners created through Help to Buy

New figures show Help to Buy is helping more people onto the property ladder and getting more homes built.

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The Help to Buy schemes have created over 54,000 homeowners in England Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today (30 October 2014).

The new figures show how Help to Buy is helping more and more people onto the property ladder and getting more homes built, with over 39,000 households buying new-built properties through the equity loan and NewBuy options, and 15,000 households buying through the mortgage guarantee.

A further 3,400 new homeowners have been created in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee.

See further information on Help to Buy schemes.

Help to Buy increases house building

House building and the Help to Buy schemes are key parts of the government’s long-term economic plan.

Around 8 out of 10 sales went to first time buyers and as a direct result thousands of new home owners were created and private house building starts rose by a third.

House building has climbed to the highest level since 2007, construction output has seen the sharpest expansion for 8 months, and companies are now taking on workers at the fastest rate since 1997.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

Today’s figures clearly demonstrate the continuing success of the Help to Buy in supporting creditworthy, hardworking people who want to buy a home of their own.

Over 54,000 new homeowners have now used the schemes as a valuable alternative to the Bank of Mum and Dad, enabling them to buy with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require.

But it’s also got Britain building and since the scheme’s launch private house building starts has increased by a third.

Sales of new build homes have been strong across the country:

  • the highest number of equity loan sales were in Wiltshire with 603 sales, Leeds with 559 sales, and Central Bedfordshire with 499 sales
  • 20 local authorities have all achieved over 300 sales

Further information

33,911 sales have been completed in the first 18 months of the Help to Buy: equity loan scheme.

18,564 sales have been completed under Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme; 15,091 of which were in England (between 8 October 2013 and 31 August 2014).

5,518 sales have been completed under Help to Buy: NewBuy (up to 30 September 2014).

The average price of a home is below the national average: £210,000 under the equity loan and £153,000 under the mortgage guarantee.

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Published 30 October 2014