What is a shared equity mortgage?

Shared equity mortgages provide a route to buying a home without having to cover the entire cost of it. When buying a shared equity home on the open market, or from a housing association, you pay the majority share and the Scottish Government pays the rest under an agreement which it enters with you. You are the outright owner, however, the Scottish Government holds a security over the share it has funded.

For example, if you buy a new home for £100,000, the Scottish Government funds 20% of this purchase price through a shared equity scheme. Therefore, you pay £80,000 and the Government pays £20,000. If you later sell your home, 20% of the sale value of the property will be returned to the Scottish Government.

We offer mortgages in conjunction with the Scottish Government’s range of shared equity schemes including:

Help to Buy Mortgages

We offer mortgages in conjunction with the Government’s Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable New Build Scheme. If you want to buy a new build home but can’t afford the total cost, you may be able to get help through the scheme. It provides help of up to 15% of the purchase price of an affordable new build home (from a participating home builder) and is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners who are looking to move home.

The Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT) scheme

Up to 40% funding is available towards the purchase price with the LIFT scheme, which is aimed at first time buyers (terms and conditions apply). The scheme brings together a few different ways to help access homeownership, including:

  • The Open Market Shared Equity Scheme – to allow first time buyers to buy a property on the open market.
  • The New Supply Shared Equity Scheme – to allow first time buyers to buy a new build property from a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) – normally a housing association or housing co-operative.

With a shared equity mortgage, you could become a homeowner with no deposit required!

For more information, contact our mortgage team on 0141 274 9933

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  • All loans are subject to status and meeting our lending criteria, which will include a credit reference assessment.
  • Maximum loan to income is 4 x annual income (benefits can only be taken into consideration if they are payable for the full term of mortgage – evidence of this will be required). For non-contractual regular income such as bonuses or regular overtime, some of this income may be considered if proof available over a two-year period.
  • A higher lending charge may be applicable, depending on the amount you wish to borrow and the value/purchase price of your property. We charge 0.5% of the loan value for LTV between 85% and 90% and 1% of the loan value for LTV greater than 90%. The maximum you can borrow is 95% of the value or purchase price (whichever is lower) of your property.
  • An early repayment charge of 2% applies during the promotional rate period.
  • A redemption administration fee is payable when your mortgage is repaid in full, the current fee is £125.
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