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Guide to Government schemes

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There are a number of Government schemes in place to help first-time buyers, key workers and other lower earners onto the property ladder.
Guide to Government schemes

Dozens of such schemes have been launched over the last few decades, but the biggest schemes currently available are as follows:

  • Help to Buy
  • NewBuy
  • FirstBuy Direct
  • Homebuy
  • Armed Forces Home Ownership
  • Right to Buy
  • Right to Acquire

Both shared ownership and shared equity schemes are available

The housing hub

The Building Societies Association (BSA) has recognised the benefits of shared ownership and shared equity loan products in the market and has set up a specialist website, The Housing Hub, which compiles information for lenders and providers who operate these schemes in the UK.

A spokesman for the BSA says: “In due course we aim to complete the website with information for consumers on all the shared ownership and shared equity loans available, lenders’ criteria and listings for specialist mortgage advisers.”

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