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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Am I eligible for a Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loan?

Details of the eligibility criteria for Help to Buy - Wales can be found here: Are you eligible?

Does Help to Buy - Wales apply to anyone living in Wales?

Yes, the Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loans are available to all people looking to purchase a home in Wales who meet our eligibility criteria. England and Scotland have their own shared equity loan products for new build properties (costing up to £600,000 and £400,000 respectively).

Is Help to Buy - Wales only for first-time buyers?

No, as well as first-time buyers a Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loan can be used by people who have an existing home and are looking to move. However, the property must be your residential home and cannot be used as a buy-to-let property.

Can I buy a property regardless of my salary?

Help to Buy (Wales) Ltd will carry out an assessment of an application by a potential Help to Buy - Wales buyer to ensure that they are in a position to afford the shared equity loan and a conventional repayment mortgage for their proposed purchase. This protects tax payers' investment in the Help to Buy - Wales home.

In addition, you must have access to a deposit (usually 5% of the purchase price).

Can I only buy a new-build property with Help to Buy - Wales?

Yes, the shared equity loan applies only to new-build properties up to the value of £300,000.

How much deposit do I need?

You will need to contribute a deposit (usually 5% of the full purchase price). Your deposit and mortgage combined must total at least 80% of the full purchase price. Help to Buy (Wales) Ltd will provide the remaining funds via the shared equity loan, which will be up to a maximum of 20% of the full purchase price.

If you are in receipt of a gifted deposit you must declare it.

A gifted deposit from a developer is not a cash deposit and, therefore, you would need to provide at least 4% of your own cash in addition to the incentive being offered.  If you are in receipt of a personal deposit from a family member, we will require confirmation that the person gifting you the deposit will have no interest in the property.

Repayments

At what point do I start paying back the Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loan?

The shared equity loan needs to be repaid within 25 years. However, you are free to pay off the shared equity loan at any point within that period.

When do I have to start paying fees/interest on the shared equity loan?

An immediate administration fee of £1 per month is charged on the shared equity loan. Thereafter, interest of 1.75% will be charged in year six, with the interest increasing every year after that, based on the Retail Prices Index plus 1%.

Do the interest/fees count towards paying back the shared equity loan?

No, the equity loan fee does not count towards paying off the shared equity loan.

Participating Builders/Lenders

Which Housebuilders are participating in the scheme?

The following Housebuilders are currently offering the Shared Equity product:

  • 360 Property (Wales) Ltd
  • 4 Crosses Construction Limited
  • A.D.C. LTD (ANALYSIS, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION)
  • Aegeus Properties Limited
  • Affordable Homes (Wales) Ltd
  • Aktiv Projects Ltd
  • Alan Hughes and Elfyn Huw Ellis
  • AMP Construction and Groundworks Ltd
  • Anvis Limited
  • Anwyl Construction Ltd
  • AROC Developments Ltd
  • ARP Properties (NW) Ltd
  • Avisco Properties plc
  • BAK Building (Contracts) Limited
  • Basset and Macgregor Construction Ltd
  • Bayscape Limited
  • BDW Trading Limited
  • Bect Building Contractors Ltd
  • Beech Developments (NW) Ltd
  • Beechurst Homes Limited
  • Bellerophon Homes Ltd
  • Bellway Homes Ltd
  • Belton and Son LTD
  • Bloor Homes Limited
  • Blue Bay Homes (Clifftops) Ltd
  • Blue Rock Construction LTD
  • Bovis Homes Ltd
  • Bridgend Plant Limited
  • Bro Preseli Limited
  • Broomco (3857) Limited
  • Broomco (Rhostryfan) Limited
  • Brownfield Green Ltd
  • Bryn Mynan Ltd
  • Cambria Developments Ltd
  • Camway Properties Limited
  • Canton Construction Ltd
  • Capsel Ltd
  • Cardiff Bay Investments Ltd
  • Cardiff Community Housing Association
  • Cartrefi Carrog Cyf
  • Cartrefi Dyfed Homes Ltd
  • Castell Ventures Limited
  • Cathedral House (Cardiff) Limited
  • Celtic Horizons Limited trading as Harmoni Homes
  • Ceredigion Sustainable Development Ltd
  • Charles Church Developments Ltd
  • Charles Richard Gresley-Jones
  • Charter Homes Ltd
  • Chepstow Property Co Ltd
  • Cheval Estates Development Company LTD
  • Chris White and Rhian White
  • Churchfield Homes Ltd
  • Churchwood Homes Limited
  • Coal and Brick Ltd
  • Coeden Joinery
  • Conber Developments Limited
  • Congresbury Developments Ltd TA Woodstock Homes
  • Construction Management Services Ltd
  • Crest Nicholson Operations Limited
  • Cwmtawe Homes
  • Cyrus-RW Group Ltd
  • D and A Rourke trading as Delane Developments
  • D and S Harris Homes
  • D N Davies Builders Ltd
  • Dadian Property Development
  • Davcott Ltd
  • Davies Homes (Merthyr) Ltd
  • Davies Homes (N.W) LTD
  • Davies Homes Ltd
  • DCW Construction Limited
  • Denmore Homes Limited
  • DHW DAVIES PROPERTY PARTNERSHIP
  • Dixons Realty Ltd
  • Dolun Developments (South Wales) LTD-Lewis Homes
  • Dragon Homes (Wales) Limited
  • DS Properties (Barry) Limited
  • DU Construction Ltd
  • Dunsmore Estates Ltd
  • Dynevor Homes Ltd
  • Edenstone Homes Limited
  • Edwards Homes Buckley Ltd
  • Edwards Homes Ltd
  • Edwards Homes Saltney Ltd
  • EJL Properties LLP
  • Elan Homes Ltd
  • Elate Construction Ltd
  • Emtrek Ltd
  • Enzo's Developments Limited
  • Enzo's Estates Limited
  • Enzos Homes (Ammanford) Limited
  • Enzo's Homes (Carmarthenshire) Limited
  • Enzo's Homes LTD
  • F and O HOMES LTD
  • FG Whitley and Sons LTD
  • Figurehead Homes Limited
  • FR Developments (Liverpool) Limited
  • Gahan Estates Ltd
  • Galliers Homes Limited
  • Gawain Developments Cyf
  • Gilheaney Construction Ltd
  • Gordon Mytton Developments Limited
  • Gower Homes Limited
  • Gwenlais Developments Limited
  • Hale Homes Wales Ltd
  • Harram Developments (South Wales) Limited
  • Haywood Homes (Wales) CR Limited
  • Heed Developments
  • Hengoed Developments Limited
  • Henllan Property Services Limited
  • HNB Heywood
  • How Refreshing (New Tredegar) Limited
  • How Refreshing (Property Management) Brynithel, Abertillery Limited
  • How Refreshing (Property Management) Hirwaun Limited
  • How Refreshing (Property Management) Winchfawr Limited
  • How Refreshing (The Bryn) Limited
  • Hughes Bros Limited
  • Hygrove Holdings Limited TA Hygrove Homes
  • Hygrove Homes Swansea Limited T A Hygrove
  • IH Darlow and KO Darlow
  • Inputt Developments
  • Integrated Business Servies Ltd
  • J Ross Developments Ltd
  • James Developments + Groundworks LTD
  • Jarvis Jones Joinery Limited
  • Jenson Developments (South Wales) Ltd or Lewis Homes
  • John Kelly Construction Services Ltd
  • JRS Homes
  • Julian Thomas Williams
  • Kinman Developments Limited
  • Kostadel Buckley Ltd
  • KRM Property Management Ltd
  • L Greggain and Co Ltd
  • Linden Homes T A Linden Homes Western
  • Lingar Developments Limited
  • Llanmoor Development Co Limited also trading as Llanmoor Homes
  • Loosemore Commercial Ltd
  • Lovell Partnerships Ltd
  • Low Carbon Construction Worldwide Ltd
  • Lower West Side Limited
  • M J Davies Northern LTD
  • Macbryde Homes Ltd
  • Martyn Richards & Kathryn Richards
  • Maxiom Construcion Limited
  • Mccord Properties Ltd
  • McLean Developments Ltd
  • Meadowvale Homes LTD
  • Mid Wales Housing Association
  • Millbay Homes Limited
  • Millbrook Homes Cwmbran LTD
  • MK Development (Cardiff) Ltd
  • Monnow Developments
  • Montgomeryshire Homes LTD
  • Morgan Construction Wales Limited
  • Morris Homes North LTD
  • Mozi Developments Ltd
  • Mudita Homes
  • Mulcare Ball Ltd
  • Mullberry Homes Ltd
  • Naamec Ltd
  • Nada & Nada Limited
  • NBA Developments LTD
  • NIck Lane Bricklaying & Construction Ltd
  • Now Your Home Limited
  • Nunndale Limited
  • Oak Homes Limited
  • Oak Tree Homes South Wales Ltd
  • Oaking Developments Ltd
  • Oakleigh House Developments Ltd
  • P.B.M Wales LTD
  • Padstone Ltd
  • PAR Homes Ltd
  • Parc Emlyn Developments Limited
  • Parc Y Mynydd Ltd
  • PCA Developments LTD
  • Pennant Homes
  • Penrhyn limited TA Penrhyn Homes
  • Perran Properties Ltd
  • Persimmon Homes Ltd
  • PG Cadogan Ltd
  • Phoenix Developments (Homes) LTD
  • Pickstock Homes Limited
  • Pobl Living LTD formely Seren Living
  • Powell Property Developments Limited
  • Premier Vale (Developments) Ltd
  • Pure Residential and Commerical Ltd
  • Quin and Co LTD
  • R Estates Residential (Anglesey) LLP
  • R G Owen Ltd
  • R TEC Design and Build LTD
  • Raynor Eco Homes Ltd
  • Redcliffe Homes Limited
  • Redrow Homes Limited
  • REMS Grehan Property Limited
  • Revelation Properties Limited
  • Rheidol Developments Ltd
  • Rhondda Housing Assocation Limited
  • Rhyd Developments Ltd
  • Robert Evans T/A Wentwood Property Services Ltd
  • Robert Sheppard Construction Ltd
  • Rossco Civil Engineering Ltd T/A ButlerWall Homes
  • Sauro Construction
  • Saville Estates Limited
  • SG Estates Ltd
  • Shire Hall (Newport) Limited
  • SiKe Ltd
  • Skye Developments Limited
  • St. Modwen Properties PLC
  • Steve Lewis & Gaynor Jacobs T/A Steve Lewis Developments
  • Steven John Burgess
  • Stewart Milne Group Limited
  • Stuart R Daniels
  • SWADA Ltd
  • Synergy Ventures and Acquisitions Ltd
  • T Anwyl and Son LTD
  • Tai Dinefwr Ltd
  • Taylor Wimpey UK Limited
  • The Retreat (Llandaff) Limited
  • Thompson Developments (Wales) Ltd
  • Three Castle Developments Ltd
  • TIC Developments Ltd
  • Tombar Limited
  • Trans World Real Estate Ltd (Portabella)
  • Trecot Ltd
  • Trueform Ltd
  • Tyiago Ltd
  • Uzmaston Projects Ltd
  • V and C SW (Properties) Ltd
  • V&P Property Services
  • Valo Developments LTD
  • Ventura Developments Limited
  • Vivian Purnell and Christopher Purnell
  • W and M George Developments
  • W2 Developments Limited
  • Walker Sheppard Construction Ltd
  • Walker Sheppard Northern Ltd
  • WAND Projects Ltd
  • Waterstone Homes Limited
  • Watkin Jones And Son LTD
  • WDL Homes Limited
  • Wellington House Development (Cardiff) Ltd
  • Westmark Developments Ltd
  • Westrop Homes LLP
  • Wheeler Homes Limited
  • William Anthony Lewis & Claire Louise Clarkson
  • Williams Homes (Bala) LTD
  • WINROB Limited

Which lenders are participating in the scheme?

The following lenders are offering mortgages alongside our Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loans:

  • Barclays Bank Plc
  • Chorley Building Society
  • Kensington Mortgages  
  • Leeds Building Society
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Mansfield Building Society
  • Monmouthshire Building Society
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Precise Mortgages 
  • Principality Building Society
  • Skipton Building Society
  • Swansea Building Society
  • Teachers Building Society
  • TSB
  • Virgin Money

Other

Am I restricted on the number of bedrooms?

No, there is no restriction on the number of rooms. However, there is a restriction on the value of the property, which is up to £300,000.

By using Help to Buy - Wales, will I own 100% of the property?

No, Help to Buy (Wales) Ltd will own up to 20% of your property (depending on the size of your shared equity loan) up until the point you pay off the shared equity loan.

What happens when I want to sell the property?

Assuming you took out a Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loan on 20% of your home you would receive 80% of the value of the property (covering the mortgage and your original cash deposit) while the remaining 20% would be paid back to Help to Buy (Wales) Ltd.

How do I apply for a Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loan?

Details of how to benefit from Help to Buy - Wales can be found here: How to buy

How can I use the Help to Buy - Wales Brand?

In order to use the Help to Buy - Wales brand, you must follow the Help to Buy - Wales Brand Guidelines

Help to Buy - Wales: Shared Equity Loan

Case studies

Five couples moved into their new homes at Cwm Calon

We started looking for a home last September but we were struggling to find something we liked within our price range. When we visited Cwm Calon for the first time, we immediately fell in love, and luckily Help to Buy - Wales has enabled us to afford to buy here... Read more

Toby, Cwm Calon.

More case studies

Other Help to Buy schemes in Wales:

Forces Help to Buy expand
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Regular armed forces personnel can benefit from a £200 million scheme to help them get on the property ladder.

The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment or as their families needs change.

Details are available on the
UK Government website

Help to Buy: ISA expand
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You can put away up to £200 a month in a Help to Buy: ISA that the government will then top up by 25%, up to a maximum of £3,000.

In the first month you’re also able to put away £1,200 - that’s an extra £1,000 on top of the monthly maximum of £200.

Details are available on the
Help to Buy website

Other affordable housing schemes in Wales:

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