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What is a 5% deposit mortgage?

Also known as a 95% mortgage, this is a type of mortgage that has a small deposit – at least 5% but less than 10% of the property’s purchase price. This means that you can borrow up to 95% of the purchase price.

Having a 5% deposit means that people are able to get on the property ladder quicker, as they will need to have less of a lump sum saved for their deposit.

 

Is a bigger deposit better?

Also known as a 95% mortgage, this is a type of mortgage that has a small deposit – at least 5% but less than 10% of the property’s purchase price. This means that you can borrow up to 95% of the purchase price.

Having a 5% deposit means that people are able to get on the property ladder quicker, as they will need to have less of a lump sum saved for their deposit.

Types of 5% deposit mortgages available

There are several schemes and specialist products out there that are designed to help you get on the property ladder with a 5% deposit. Some of these are only available to first time buyers, whereas others are open to other homebuyers. The schemes include:

Help to Buy equity scheme

Shared ownership

Mortgage guarantee scheme

– Guarantor mortgages

First home schemes

Help to Buy equity scheme

The Help to Buy scheme has been around for many years now, and in April 2021, it entered its third phase which saw several of its rules and eligibility criteria change. The key changes are listed below:

– Help to Buy equity loans are now only available for first time buyers

– There are regional property price caps in place

– Phase three of the Help to Buy scheme will run to March 2023

– Help to Buy Wales has been extended to 2022

As well as having a 5% deposit to put down, you must also meet the following requirements:

– The property must be a new-build

– It must be your primary residence

– It must fall below the price cap in place for your region

You can discover more about the Help to Buy equity scheme on the government website, and many of our trusted advisers specialise in securing mortgages through these schemes.

Shared ownership

The co-ownership scheme is also only exclusively available to first time buyers, and those who used to own a property but can’t afford a mortgage anymore. The typical deposit requirement is 5% or less, but sometimes it can be possible to put down more.

You must also meet the following criteria:

– Your household must be earning £80,000 or less (£90,000 in London)

– The property must be your primary residence

– The property must be a new-build or a resale housing association property

Mortgage guarantee scheme

The mortgage guarantee scheme is one that isn’t exclusively available to first time buyers; anyone on the property ladder can use this scheme, as long as they meet the below qualifying criteria:

– The property must be your primary residence

– It must be valued at no more than £600,000

– Only an individual or individuals can apply, not a company

– Only repayment agreements are eligible, not interest only

Guarantor mortgage

Guarantor mortgages can also be secured with a 5% deposit, if the following requirements are met:

– The guarantor can only be a blood relative, such as a parent

– They must agree to secure the new mortgage with a property they own, or commit a certain amount of savings to an account held by the lender

– They must be able – and agree – to be responsible for the mortgage payments if you are not able to make them

– Both of you – the borrower and the guarantor – must meet the lender’s eligibility criteria and their general criteria

First home schemes

The First Homes scheme is new, and is designed to help local first time buyers and key workers take their first steps onto the property ladder.

– The scheme is for first time buyers buying a new build home

– Only 5% deposit needed

– Buy a home for 30 – 50% less than its market value

– After discount applied, the home cannot cost more than £420,000 in London, or £250,000 elsewhere in England

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With a Mortgage Experience adviser on your team, you can sit back, relax, and make yourself a cuppa, safe in the knowledge that we will be doing all the heavy lifting to find you a suitable mortgage with the best rates available. This gives you more time to pack, and well, do the actual physical heavy lifting (should you wish) as you move into and enjoy your new home or the financial benefits of your remortgage.

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How do I apply for a 5% deposit mortgage?

Applying for a 5% deposit mortgage is no different than the process involved with any other kind of mortgage – you will still need to undergo the same credit and affordability checks that are involved with any type of mortgage. You can apply for a 5% deposit / 95% mortgage through a specialist mortgage broker – such as Mortgage Experience – who will not only be able to guide you through the entire process, but our experts will also have access to lenders and deals that cannot be found elsewhere. 

Get in touch with our team today to get started on your journey up the property ladder.

5% deposit mortgage FAQs

Is a 5% deposit mortgage only for first time buyers?

Some kinds of smaller deposit mortgages are only open to first time buyers, however there are still ways for non first time buyers to access these rates, too.

What happens when my fixed rate ends?

When your fixed rate comes to an end – after a period of time such as two or five years – you can either move over to a new rate with a new mortgage, or you will move onto your lender’s follow-on rate.

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