I have been urging my party to do more to help people become home owners. Most people want to own their own home. People relish the freedom it brings to decide how to decorate and improve their own home. It also brings financial stability once you get over the first shock of a large mortgage. Over time the mortgage payments become more affordable as your pay goes up. By the time you retire you can live rent and mortgage free, which brings a sense of security.
The Conservative party has come up with three main ways of assisting. The first is the Help to Buy ISA. If someone saves up to £12000 in one of these to provide a deposit for a first home, the state will contribute an additional £3000. A couple buying a home together are eligible for £3000 each on £12000 each of savings. That’s a big boost to the deposit.
The second is a Help to Buy mortgage, where someone without the required deposit is allowed to borrow extra to make up for the shortfall of the deposit to allow them to get on with home purchase.
The third is a scheme to make more new affordable homes to buy available. These homes will come at a discount to the usual market price. The developer will be able to sell them more cheaply, as the state will waive the development tax on that part of the development to enable the home to be offered more cheaply.
There is also a fourth as the Right to Buy will be extended to more social housing. Tenants with a good record of looking after the property and paying the rent will be able to buy their home from the Housing Association at a discount.
JOHN REDWOOD SPEAKING FOR WOKINGHAM SPEAKING FOR ENGLAND
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