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Incentive schemes to buy a new build home

James Chidgey
James Chidgey is New Homes Manager for Mortgage Advice Bureau, and has many years of experience of the new homes sector, working with housebuilders, surveyors and mortgage lenders.

There are lots of perks to buying a new build property which makes them a popular option for many buyers, such as they’re more energy efficient so therefore have lower running costs, and they also come with a 10-year building warranty, so you’re protected if anything were to happen during this time.

In addition to this, there are also other incentives that the builder may offer you, if you were to buy a new build house.

If you’re buying a new build straight from a developer, rather than individual owner, the builders might be able to offer you an incentive in an attempt to woo potential buyers. The incentives can be things such as helping put money towards a deposit, part-exchange deals or shared equity schemes.

Deposit paid

The builder may offer you a cash incentive to help fund your deposit, or pay for other costs involved in moving house. These cash incentives are paid to your solicitor on completion and will need to be declared to your mortgage lender if you’re applying for a mortgage. Cash incentives can be up to 5% of the purchase price of your new build home.

Builder assisted sale

Trying to sell your existing home can sometimes be frustrating so many builders are now offering their help.

They do this by finding you the most appropriate deal and arranging for independent valuations of the property. Based on the average, they agree an asking price with you and the minimum that you are prepared to accept.

Next, they’ll market your home through an estate agent and their own sales team to try and secure an early sale. The service is free and the builder takes care of all your estate agents fees and marketing costs, so there’s no hassle involved.

Part-exchange your house

If you want to buy a new build home, your chosen builder may offer a part-exchange deal (PX deal), where they purchase your home from you and sell it on. The advantage to you is that you will sell your home quickly as there is no need to deal with estate agents, arrange viewings or negotiate with multiple potential buyers. You can also relax as it is a definite sale and you’ll avoid property chains as the builders will have the cash ready to invest.

To have any chance of qualifying for a part-exchange deal, you need to be a current homeowner and you must be moving to a new build home. In addition, each builder will most likely have their own set of terms for these transactions.

Stamp Duty and other costs

Many builders offer discounts on the buyers costs of purchasing a new build home, particularly towards stamp duty and legal fees, and sometimes even white goods for the kitchen, or the landscaping of gardens are paid for as an extra incentive to prospective new build buyers.

Because we play by the book we want to tell you that…

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
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The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is 0.3% of the amount borrowed.

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