I am a first time buyer, but I have very little deposit to put down and, of course, the Lenders have stopped all 100% mortgages. Does that mean I have no chance of getting on the property Ladder?
Unfortunately, it does – unless you can find wealthy parents who are willing to lend you the balance of your 10% deposit, as most lenders will not lend more than 90% in the current market.
Any such loan or gift from your parents or any other third party will need to be disclosed to the Lender during the application process, and if your parents, for example, wanted to protect their investment by way of a second charge on the property, the majority of Lenders will not agree to this.
An alternative is to look at the availability of any shared ownership properties by enquiring of Housing Associations or the Local Authority, as this is another way of getting a foot on the property ladder in cases where you only own that proportion of the property that you can afford, with the balance being retained in the ownership of the Housing Association.
Most new build developments have, as a matter of policy, a certain number of units of such Social Housing as a condition of the initial development as required by the Local Planning Authority to provide first time buyers in the community with such an opportunity.
* Emyr Pierce is Managing Director of Emyr Pierce Solicitors in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Western Mail Conveyancer of the Year, specialising in Domestic and Commercial Property. Contact www.emyrpierce.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org