Horsham tops the West Sussex table for people using Help to Buy scheme

Horsham is out-performing every other local authority in the West Sussex when it comes to numbers of homebuyers using the government-backed Help to Buy scheme.

Monday, 11th May 2015, 12:01 pm

Figures recently released by the HCA reveal that 298 homebuyers in Horsham have been able to benefit from the five per cent deposit scheme since its launch two years ago, with Chichester at the bottom of the table with just 32 Help to Buy sales.

Overall, West Sussex has seen 923 Help to Buy sales, placing it just behind Kent where 1,301 buyers have bought a brand new home with the government-backed scheme.

Local housebuilder Barratt Homes is encouraging homebuyers throughout every part of West Sussex to take part in the popular scheme which has already helped tens of thousands of people across the country buy a brand new home.

The scheme enables anyone to put down just five per cent as a deposit for their new home and take advantage of a Government equity loan providing access to more affordable mortgage rates.

Lynnette St Quintin, Sales Director for Barratt Southern Counties comments: “West Sussex has produced some fantastic results for Help to Buy and these figures really demonstrate that local homebuyers are making the most of this government funding. Help to Buy has clearly been a great success story for homebuyers in the county, particularly in Horsham, and we are delighted to see the scheme give so many local buyers a boost up the property ladder.”

Help to Buy allows any homebuyer to secure a brand new home under the value of £600,000 with just a five per cent deposit.

The government lends the buyer 20 per cent of the value of the property in the form of an interest free equity loan for five years, meaning that buyers then gain access to some of the great mortgage rates currently available with just a 75 per cent mortgage. Available to all homebuyers, not just first timers, the scheme helps anyone looking to buy a new home.

Lynnette adds: “Help to Buy has helped well over 73,000 purchasers buy a new home in England over the last two years and the numbers continue to rise. We are encouraging anyone in West Sussex still looking to buy a brand new home with a low deposit and affordable mortgage rates to get in touch. At our new homes development at Cissbury Chase development in Worthing, Help to Buy means that anyone can buy a two bedroom home with a deposit from as little as £11,000.”