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Mortgage Lenders Worried Help-To-Buy Will Distort UK Property Market

Mortgage Lenders Worried Help-To-Buy Will Distort UK Property Market

Help-To-Buy Controversy Continues

The latest figures released by the popular property finding portal, Rightmove.co.uk coincide with the news that UK based mortgage lenders are worried that the second phase of the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme risks distorting the true health of the UK property market.

The British Bankers Association (BBA) is a governing body that represents all the banks that are currently participating in the scheme including those who are planning to participate in it in the future, has called for Government clarification on the proposed exit strategy from the Help-To-Buy scheme, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.The news comes just 2 weeks before the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on 5th December.

In a submission to HM Treasury, the BBA said, “Some members of the BBA are participating in the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme, but further clarification is needed on exit strategies.”

Mortgage applications worth £365 Million (GBP) have been received since the second phase of the Help-To-Buy scheme was launched on 1st October 2013, to help aspiring home buyers get a foot on the property ladder.

The Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Halifax and Bank of Scotland started offering residential mortgages under the umbrella of the Help-To-Buy scheme last month and mortgage lenders representing most of the UK mortgage market have confirmed they will eventually come on board, in order to capture a share of the market.

The Government initiative makes it easier for mainstream mortgage lenders to offer higher value mortgages with deposits as low as 5% by removing some of the risk they would face if the borrower defaults on repayments, because the mortgage products are underwritten by the Government as Spotlight has previously reported.

The Government are very happy to be underwriting Help-To-Buy mortgages because they are listed as a second charge on the mortgage, increasing the Governments property assets, allowing them to borrow money against their portion of the residential properties purchased under the Help-To-Buy scheme.

At least property investors enter the property market with an exit strategy in mind, but the Government have yet to reveal how they intend to exit from the property market when the scheme ends. No wonder mortgage companies are worried!

New Help to Buy scheme may not be much use to first-time buyers as property prices continue to rise

New Help to Buy scheme may not be much use to first-time buyers as property prices continue to rise

Help to Buy scheme may boost

UK property prices
but may not be much use

to first time buyers

The controversial Government incentive scheme “Help to Buy” set for launch on 1st January 2014 is designed to aid first time buyers with property purchases and in turn this incentive could boost the UK residential property sales market without being of any real use to first-time buyers.

Morgan Stanley have issued a forecast that UK residential property prices are expected to increase between 8% and 13% before the end of 2014 and the bank reckons that its forecast is “supported by government policy”.

The investment bank’s prediction follows a warning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which says that the Help to Buy scheme offering 95% mortgages, due to launch in January 2014, could pump up UK residential property prices but would not necessarily increase the supply of available residential property.

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