TSB joins Scotland’s First Home Fund pilot

Jessica Nangle

February 27, 2020

scottish house prices

TSB is supporting the Scottish government’s First Home Fund pilot scheme.

First-time buyers in Scotland will be able to apply for a TSB mortgage to purchase their first property via the fund.

Announced in December 2019, the First Home Fund, a £150m shared equity pilot scheme, provides first time buyers with up to £25,000 to help them buy a property.

It is open to all first-time buyers in Scotland and can be used to help buy both new build and existing homes.

The loan is interest free and not repayable until the property is eventually sold.

Buyers must be able to contribute a minimum deposit of 5% themselves.

Unlike Help to Buy, it is available on all properties and not just new build and there is no limit to the property value buyers wish to purchase.

TSB will accept the First Home Fund scheme loans on across its range of Shared Equity products and will consider loans supported by the scheme up to £250,000 depending on the size of the equity loan.

The funding provided by the scheme is expected to help up to 6,000 first-time buyers purchase their first home until March 2021, in addition to the 32,000 plus households that have already used the Scottish government shared equity schemes since 2007.

Nick Smith, head of mortgages at TSB, said: “We’re pleased to support the First Home Fund – a scheme we expect to be very popular amongst first-time buyers hoping to take their first steps onto the housing ladder.

“It’s a well-known fact that minimum deposits can be a huge barrier to getting on the housing ladder, while other existing schemes are often targeted towards new build properties.

“With no maximum property value and a potential to be used for both new and existing homes, this scheme offers first-time buyers the flexibility they need to realise their housing aspirations.”

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