There are many things you can do to get yourself in the best position to get a mortgage.
The Help to Buy ISA has now closed to new applicants. However, there is a very good alternative option for those looking to save for a deposit towards a home of their own, called a Lifetime ISA.
With the Lifetime ISA, you can pay up to £4,000 each year into your ISA account and receive a 25% bonus (£1,000 maximum) for free from the government - who doesn’t like the sound of a free £1,000?
This one is quite simple. Anyone can open a Lifetime ISA, as long as you’re over 18 years old and under 40 - although you can keep paying into the account until you’re 50. Once you turn 50, you can still keep the account open, you just won’t be able to pay into it anymore.
Aside from getting a free 25% bonus…
As you have to have the account open for at least 12 months, this is very much a long-term savings account. So if you’re in a hurry to quickly buy your first house, and will want access to the money within a year, this might not be the right route for you to take. However, if house prices become more affordable during this time, then waiting for 12 months might not be such a bad thing.
The Help to Buy ISA has now closed, but if you already have an account open, that’s fine. You can keep saving into it until 30th November 2029 when all accounts will close, and you must claim your bonus before 1st December 2030.
If you currently have a Help to Buy ISA, you can transfer your funds into a Lifetime ISA, or you can save into both accounts. Just be aware that you’ll only be able to use the bonus from one of them to buy your first home.
To find out more about Lifetime ISAs, please feel free to get in touch with our team of expert mortgage advisers. In the meantime, you might want to read our article ‘Busting the myth of the big deposit’ to find out more about getting over the hurdle of saving for your deposit.
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