TSB announces support for Scottish First Home Fund

TSB has announced it is supporting the Scottish Government’s First Home Fund pilot scheme, allowing first-time buyers in Scotland 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.

The Fund is open to all first-time buyers in Scotland and can be used to help buy both new-build and existing homes, while the loan is interest free and not repayable until the property is eventually sold.

TSB indicated it will accept the First Home Fund scheme loans 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 households that have already used the Scottish Government shared equity schemes since 2007.

TSB head of mortgages, Nick Smith, commented: “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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