Government Schemes For 5% Deposit Mortgages

If you have a 5% deposit for a property, you may wonder if any Government schemes could help your mortgage application. Find out everything you need to know below.

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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: December 4, 2023

If you’re keen to get on the property ladder, but are worried that you don’t have enough deposit saved for a down payment, options are available which may make your purchase possible.

Here, we look at getting a mortgage through Government schemes with a 5% deposit. We identify what initiatives there are and how to apply. We also suggest lenders who could be possibilities and the typical interest rates charged. Finally, we explore if there are any alternatives for your situation and if there are schemes that could help if you have less than 5% saved.

Which government schemes will help you get a mortgage with a 5% deposit?

Currently, as of January 2023, the following could be options for you:

Mortgage guarantee scheme

Set up by the UK Government, in the wake of the pandemic, to encourage lenders to offer 95% loan-to-value mortgages again. The Government guarantees a portion of any borrowing offered under the mortgage guarantee scheme, so the risk to lenders is lower. Unlike some previous Government schemes, this initiative is not just for first-time buyers. 

The scheme itself has a number of specific criteria, such as:

  • You can only have between 5-9% deposit
  • The property in question must be under £600,000
  • This scheme cannot be used for new-builds

First Homes Scheme

While this scheme isn’t directly targeted at those with low deposits of 5%, it can help as properties are offered at a discounted price. So, thanks to the lower purchase price, your LTV ratio is improved bringing it to 95% or lower as your deposit goes further. The scheme can make it easier to get a mortgage as a result. Discounts can be between 30 and 50% off the market value.

The First Homes Scheme must be used for new build properties. The discount finally offered is decided between your local council and the property’s developer. In addition to buying a new build, other eligibility criteria includes:

  • Having a deposit of at least 5%
  • Being a first-time buyer
  • Buying locally

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How to get a mortgage with a 5% deposit scheme

Your first step should be to find a specialist mortgage broker with experience in this area as this will boost your chances of getting approved at the best terms available.

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Which lenders can help?

A handful of big high street banks offer products under the mortgage guarantee scheme such as HSBC, Virgin Money and Barclays. In general, any rates offered will be higher with a 95% mortgage as the LTV is high – regardless of the Government guarantee. To give an idea of rates offered, with Barclays, the initial rate for a 2 year fix is 6.4% while the 5 year fixed rate product is 6.62%.

The First Homes scheme is supported by lenders such as Leeds Building Society, Skipton Building Society and Darlington Intermediaries. In terms of rates, using Leeds Building Society as an example, they currently offer a 5 year fix with a 5.92% rate. Again, your final rate will depend on your specific LTV.

The above rates are correct as of January 2023, but rates offered by all lenders are subject to change at any point.

Are there any government schemes if you have less than a 5% deposit?

The Right to Buy scheme is an option if you are renting a property from the council. It allows tenants to purchase their home at a big discount to the market value. Many lenders are happy to use the discount as the deposit itself. Discounts can be anywhere up to 70% and start at 35% for houses and 50% for flats. The size of the discount you receive depends on how long you have lived in the home.

What are the alternatives?

If none of these schemes are available or helpful to you, you could try making an application with a lender who offers 95% mortgages as part of their product range. They’re more scarce, but they do exist. A broker would be your best bet to help identify one for which you are eligible – taking into consideration other factors in your application, such as income, income source and your creditworthiness. Plus, they also have access to more products than the general public.

Or, with a broker, you could look at:

  • Shared ownership: This is a government scheme that lets you buy just a portion of a property, and rent the rest. It means you need a smaller mortgage, so your deposit goes further, improving your LTV to a level that more mortgage providers accept.
  • Guarantor mortgages: These work by allowing a family member to secure your mortgage against a property they own or another asset. It means they are financially liable for your loan if you miss your mortgage payments.

Speak to a broker who specialises in Government schemes

While there are lenders available who offer high LTV mortgages and who accept applications under these schemes, there are less of them. Being accepted on your own is harder to do therefore. Using a broker specialising in 5% deposit mortgages is very useful as they have in-depth knowledge of the lenders who do offer these products, and what their eligibility criteria are.

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Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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