Mortgages for key workers
Published 16th August 2017
Key worker mortgages scheme FAQ (updated for 2016)
IMPORTANT: The lenders that once offered key worker mortgages are not currently considering these applications, and it appears as though the key worker scheme is no longer available.
But fear not! There are some other great schemes that can help such as the help to buy schemes, and other ways to obtain up to 100% mortgages (more info below).
It is also worth bearing in mind that there are some lenders offering preferential rates and underwriting for professionals and key workers alike, and often there are specific products that can help buyers in a whole manner of ways, that would otherwise not be available to the general public. (This includes teachers, doctors and soldiers amongst others). If you want to know more please read on, and if you’re ready to make an application get in touch!
What other schemes and products are available?
Aside from key worker housing schemes, the government has rolled out the following:
This is the government scheme designed to encourage first time buyers and home movers to buy, and to spark life back into the housing market. This scheme is for newly built properties only, and allows the purchaser to buy with just a 5% deposit, whilst giving them a further 20% equity loan so they only require a 75% mortgage. The mortgage rate is therefore cheaper as it is lower risk to the lender, and the equity loan is charge at 0% for 5 years. In the 6th year, interest starts at 1.75%, and then increases annually by the RPI+1%. The total effect results in much more affordable borrowing in the short term and the ability to purchase a property with a small deposit.
This scheme is exclusively for the purchase of newly built properties, where the purchaser only has to put in 5% deposit, and borrow on an exclusive NewBuy 95% mortgage. The benefit for the borrower is obviously only requiring a small deposit, but they also borrow on the mortgage at a cheaper rate, because the loan is government backed up to 20%, so the lender is effectively lending 95% but with the security equal to a 75% mortgage. Should the borrower default, the lender would recoup any shortfall from sale of the repossessed property from the government.
Help-To-Buy 2 (Mortgage Guarantee scheme released Oct 2013):
This is to be rolled out fully in January 2014, and is arguably one of the most exciting housing programs to date. The idea is the same as the current New buy scheme, but allows the purchase of any home under £600k, not just new properties.
Offers council housing tenants the opportunity to purchase their property off of the local authority. Often with quite significant discounts which can act as increased equity in the property upon application.
This is the purchase of a share of a property owned by a social landlord, housing agency or an employer. You can purchase from 25% up to 100% of a share, on which you pay the mortgage, and on the remaining share you pay rent. Visit our page for more on mainstream shared ownership. As a key worker, if you are helped to buy your share you can increase ownership by staircasing either in increments or outright to a 100% share when affordable.
Follow the links above for more details on the various other schemes and products.
How do I apply?
If you’re ready to make an application or if you just have an enquiry, please fill out our quick form below and an expert will be in touch ASAP. If you require help immediate assistance please give us a call.