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Thousands of would be home buyers in the UK will be able to fulfil their dream of owning a property after the government announced a new savings plan to help them get a deposit. Chancellor George Osborne is introducing a new Help to Buy ISA which will allow them to save up to £200 a month towards their first home whereby the government will add a £50 bonus for every £200 saved up to a maximum of £3,000 per person. In his Budget Day speech he pointed out that the government has already helped tens of thousands of people to buy a home with Help to Buy, which allows people to purchase a home with just a 5% deposit. Effectively a tax cut for first time buyers, it will be introduced in the autumn and this, coupled with the news that inflation rates will remain low, is good news for those struggling to afford to get onto the housing ladder. It will provide a significant boost to the ability of a first time buyer to save speedily and effectively, according to Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). ‘This is exactly what is needed to engage the first time buyer market, particularly as we have seen the current criteria under the Mortgage Market Reform constraining aspirations to buy a home,’ he said. He pointed out that it especially benefits couples who are buying for the first time as both are eligible to open a Help to Buy ISA and it is also timely, considering house price inflation out paces wage inflation, so this additional boost to first time buyers savings pots will help them at least keep apace rather than fall behind the inflationary curve. The move has been widely welcomed by the property industry at a time when first time buyers overcoming the constraints of saving for a deposit has been one of the biggest barriers to home ownership. First time buyers are needed to keep the housing ladder moving. Lucian Cook, Savills UK head of residential research, also explained that limiting the ISA to a £12,000 savings plan with a £3,000 government contribution should prevent a surge in house prices. ‘It is more likely to help get buyers over the deposit hurdle in the lower value, lower growth markets of the Midlands and the North than say London and the South East, where significant constraints remain,’ he said. ‘ It is also likely to be welcomed by parents and grandparents by making first time buyers less dependent on the bank of Mum and Dad and more inclined to contribute some top up savings when children come looking for assistance to get on the housing ladder. However, those first time buyers who are keen to lock into low interest rates and who have access to parental support are unlikely to commit to what is effectively a five year savings plan,’ he added. According to Adrian… Continue reading →
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