Now is a good time to check mortgage options according to Gascoigne-Pees

Basingstoke Gazette: Now is a good time to check mortgage options according to Gascoigne-Pees Now is a good time to check mortgage options according to Gascoigne-Pees

THE Government’s decision to bring forward Help-to-Buy Phase 2 is encouraging news for first-time buyers and home movers, according to local estate agents Gascoigne-Pees.

The second phase of the scheme is a mortgage guarantee, which allows buyers to purchase a home worth £600,000 or less with just a five per cent deposit.

The mortgage guarantee applies to all property purchases, not just new-build homes, and the Government will guarantee up to 15 per cent of the value of the property through an agreement with the lender.

Help-to-Buy Phase 2 was expected to launch in January 2014 but the Government has bought it forward to October 2013 as a continuation of its pledge to help more people across the country become homeowners.

The Government aims to do this by increasing the supply of low-deposit mortgages and enable those with a five per cent deposit to get on the housing ladder.

Commenting on the launch of Help-to-Buy Phase 2, Mark Holmes, regional manager at Gascoigne-Pees, which has a branch in Winchester Street, Basingstoke, said: “We welcome the launch of Help to Buy Phase 2 which will enable more people to get on the housing ladder and alleviate pent up demand for those wishing to purchase their first home or trade up. “As part of Countrywide plc – the UK’s largest mortgage broker – we are able to offer our customers access to a range of competitively priced mortgage products ranging from 95 per cent to 60 per cent loan-to-value. Through Help-to-Buy Phase 2 we are delighted to be able to offer a 90 per cent and 95 per cent loan-to-value mortgage from one of the high street’s leading lenders.”

Mark said the interest rates for a 95 per cent mortgage available through Help-to-Buy Phase 2 mean that the mortgage is affordable and repayments are manageable for homebuyers. For many people the monthly mortgage payments will be cheaper than the cost of the average monthly rent.

Gascoigne-Pees, senior manager, based at the Winchester Street branch, said: “First-time buyers and home movers with just a five per cent deposit should speak to a mortgage consultant now to find out more about the best mortgage options to suit their needs.”

The first phase of the Help-to-Buy scheme was launched in April 2013 and offers loans of up to 20 per cent to all homebuyers who are purchasing a new-build property up to the value of £600,000.

Buyers only need a five per cent deposit to qualify and the Government will lend them an equity loan of 20 per cent of the property value. The loan is interest-free for the first five years, after which buyers must pay an annual fee.

Borrowers can repay the loan at any time.

For further information about Help to Buy Phase 2 and to find out more about mortgage options, contact Gascoigne-Pees by calling 01256 464466 or email basingstoke@gpees.co.uk

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