Leeds BS to launch new HTB London mortgages

Posted on Thursday, January 7 by Joy Tibbs

Leeds Building Society is to launch a range of new Help to Buy (HTB) London mortgages when the government scheme goes live next month.

The society is among the first lenders to join the initiative to help more people in the capital buy their first homes, allowing them to put down a 5% deposit and obtain an interest-free government loan of up to 40% of the property’s value.

“We are committed to supporting this important government initiative, which makes Help to Buy a practical solution in London, where the average house price is almost 18 times the average salary,” said Martin Richardson, Leeds Building Society’s director of business development.

“Affordable housing in London has typically relied on shared ownership and Help to Buy London complements our extensive range of shared ownership mortgages, providing additional choice for consumers.

“We’re pleased to be among the first lenders to join this latest scheme, which builds on the success of our support for Help to Buy equity in England, Scotland and Wales.

“As part of our efforts to support borrowers who are not well-served by the wider market, we welcome initiatives which harness innovation to help more people to have the homes they want, including first-time buyers.

“In addition to shared ownership and higher LTV (loan-to-value) traditional mortgages, we offer our award-winning Welcome Mortgage, with a competitive fixed rate and the choice of three or six months at the start of the home loan where the borrower pays 0% interest.”

Leeds Building Society has been part of the original HTB equity scheme since summer 2013 and in 2015 became the first lender to accept remortgage applications from HTB equity borrowers.

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