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Help to Buy creates 54,000 homeowners in 18 months

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today that Help to Buy has created 54,000 homeowners in England since its launch in April 2013.

Of this figures over 39,000 households bought new-built properties through the equity loan and NewBuy options, and 15,000 households bought through the mortgage guarantee.

A further 3,400 new homeowners have been created in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee.

Around 8 out of 10 sales went to first time buyers and as a direct result thousands of new home owners were created and private house building starts rose by a third.

The housing minister said the scheme had been instrumental in lifting house building to its highest level since 2007, and building firms are now taking on workers at the fastest rate since 1997.

Lewis said: “Today’s figures clearly demonstrate the continuing success of the Help to Buy in supporting creditworthy, hardworking people who want to buy a home of their own.

“It has also got Britain building and since the scheme’s launch private house building starts has increased by a third.”

Sales of new build homes have been strong across the country. The highest number of equity loan sales were in Wiltshire with 603 sales, Leeds with 559 sales, and Central Bedfordshire with 499 sales.


Help to Buy Facts

  • 33,911 sales have been completed in the first 18 months of the Help to Buy: equity loan scheme.
  • 18,564 sales have been completed under Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme; 15,091 of these were in England (between 8 October 2013 and 31 August 2014).
  • 5,518 sales have been completed under Help to Buy: NewBuy (up to 30 September 2014).
  • The average price of a home is below the national average: £210,000 under the equity loan and £153,000 under the mortgage guarantee.

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