Although mortgage applications have become a veritable minefield for first time buyers in the last few years due to the recession, lenders are now beginning to re-enter the market with mortgage incentives specifically for first time buyers.
For those still trying to save for a house deposit buyers can now receive significant aid towards their goal with cash bonuses. Major UK mortgage lenders are beginning to offer lump sums to first time buyers who put money into savings accounts over a set time period whilst taking out a mortgage at the same time.
A small handful of lenders have also returned with mortgages of up to 95 per cent, however first time buyers will be hit by increased interest rates as new regulatory conditions ensure banks are required to set aside up to six times more capital for low deposit mortgages.
“Save-to-buy” mortgage incentive schemes offering cash back rewards in return for meeting savings targets offer a refreshing addition to the first time buyer market. In many ways the system appears to be turning back the clock 20 years to a time when first time buyers had to prove they could save money on a regular basis and therefore afford their mortgage commitment.
In order to revive the housing market, lenders are becoming increasingly innovative with their mortgage deals to first time buyers. Their incentives include loans based on how much rent you’ve previously paid for a property, mortgages for parents with a new-born child or child on the way and shared ownership mortgages.
It is important to seek specialist mortgage advice tailored for a first time buyer. Any reputable mortgage advisor will have a deeper understanding of the first time buyer market and will inform you of the best deals and incentive schemes to suit your financial requirements.
Below is a list of first time buyer mortgages available on the market subject to eligibility:
Shared ownership mortgages
Key Worker mortgages
Shared equity mortgages
Friends and Family mortgages
Poor Credit mortgages
The first time buyer mortgage market is fiercely competitive again so be sure to liaise with a lender that informs you of all possible discounts and incentives that can help accelerate the moving process by saving you money or providing you with additional funds for your deposit.
If you are confused about the many types of mortgages and how you repay them, here is a useful link to the government’s website which explains how the mortgages work.