Leeds simplify gifted deposit policy

Ryan Fowler

January 21, 2015

The Leeds will now accept cashback or a developer contribution as long as the value does not exceed 5% of the purchase price or valuation, whichever is lower.

If the cashback or contribution is greater than 5%, the excess will be deducted from the price and the home loan size will be assessed on the reduced value.

Irrespective of the amount of the gifted deposit, the buyer or buyers must contribute at least 5% of the gross purchase price or valuation, whichever is the lower. In addition, the cashback or contribution must be disclosed to the valuer as part of the mortgage application.

Martin Richardson, Leeds Building Society’s general manager – business development, said: “Cashback from a developer, or a contribution towards the purchase price, is a common factor with new build properties and we’ve responded to comments from our broker partners to simplify the details on this.

“This change aligns us with Halifax and Nationwide, who are the other major lenders in this sector, and should provide intermediaries with greater clarity when dealing with this type of new build purchase.”

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