Help to buy scheme start date brought forward
- 30 Sep
The second part of the governments help to buy scheme has been brought forward to begin this week by David Cameron.
At the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the prime minister announced that the Help to Buy scheme, originally scheduled to begin in January 2014, will be brought forward by three months to begin within days.
The decision to accelerate the launch of the mortgage guarantee element of the scheme comes in the face of multiple concerns about its potential to cause a house price bubble without significantly increasing supply, reports Inside Housing.
On Friday the government announced that it was handing over powers to the Bank of England to intervene if there were signs of a pricing bubble being created.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Cameron said that he was tackling the ‘broken housing market' by helping people who couldn't otherwise save a deposit for a home. That is a major move in terms of backing aspiration and homeownership which is something very close to my heart.'
Under this scheme the government will offer £12bn of guarantees on mortgages worth up to 95% of the property.
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