And is it truly a “100%” mortgage?
Well, there is a catch.
Whilst the buyers themselves may not need a deposit, a ‘helper’ of the buyer must put 10% of the purchase price into a savings account with that particular lender.
So this isn’t a 100% mortgage, it’s a 90% mortgage?
It may sound like that, but, no. Whilst the ‘helper’ will have to put the funds down, providing all of your mortgage payments are up-to-date, they will get these funds back with interest added on top after three years.
Why would the lender do this?
It helps everyone. The lender gets new mortgage customers, the buyers get their home and the ‘helpers’ receive interest on, what is effectively, a savings account.
However, on the not-so-good flipside, access to a 100% mortgage could also be seen as a lender’s ‘wager’ that house prices will increase by 10% within the next few years, as they are essentially guaranteeing that there will be enough equity in the property within three years to pay the ‘helpers’ back.
So, if your parents, or someone you’re close with, has any spare cash laying around, this could help you get onto the property ladder quicker than expected.
If you don’t have that luxury, this scheme could see yet another flood of buyers that could drive house prices up even further – putting that step onto the ladder even further out of reach.
Because of this dilemma, it is imperative that you speak to a professional mortgage adviser who will be able to assist you in finding a mortgage that is right for your needs and circumstances.
Michael Lawlor is from Mortgage Advice Bureau – for further information call: 0208 343 1777
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