Policy

House building

Supporting detail:

Help to Buy: NewBuy

The Help to Buy: NewBuy scheme aims to help buyers who have a deposit of at least 5% to buy a new-build home. This is a smaller deposit than is normally required. The scheme allows more borrowers to secure up to a 95% loan-to-value mortgage on new-build properties (houses and flats) from participating builders in England. All mortgage lenders and house builders are welcome to join the scheme.

The initiative has been developed jointly by the Home Builders Federation and Council of Mortgage Lenders. The government is supporting the scheme to help those home buyers who have found themselves excluded from sections of the market because they don’t have a large enough deposit.

Our plans for the scheme were announced on 21 November 2011 as part of the government’s housing strategy. The scheme was launched on 12 March 2012. In April 2014, the NewBuy scheme was brought under the Help to Buy umbrella since it shares the aims of Help to Buy schemes.

More than 70 house builders and 6 lenders have signed up to the scheme.

The Home Builders Federation have produced a Help to Buy: NewBuy website, providing information for potential home buyers.

NewBuy part-exchange

On 25 January 2013, we announced the Help to Buy: NewBuy part-exchange scheme. Builders offering the Help to Buy: NewBuy scheme will now offer to buy a customer’s existing property in advance of selling them a newly built home, alongside their 5% deposit.